major modification

A modification that could potentially affect the safety of an aircraft or its occupants where, as a result of its embodiment, one or more of the following incidents may occur: (a) structural collapse, (b) loss of control, (c) failure of the motive power, (d) unintentional operation of, or inability to operate, any systems or equipment essential to the safety or operational function of the aircraft; (e) incapacitating injury to any occupant, or (f) unacceptable unserviceability or maintainability.

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