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The FAA adopted a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain specified Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) helicopters that requires inspecting the fuel air vent hoses (air vent hoses) for chafing and fuel leakage in the interference areas, inspecting the length of the latch support attachment screws, installing spacers to prevent interference with the latch support attachment screws, and removing one tyrap clamp support. This amendment is prompted by a report of a fuel leak in the air vent hose at the 9 deg frame on the pilot's side of the helicopter. The FAA claims the actions specified by this AD, which becomes effective Jan. 5, 2004, are intended to prevent fuel leakage, toxic fumes inside the cabin creating a fire hazard that could lead to a fire and smoke in the cabin, and a subsequent loss of flight control.