Sec. 25.787 - Stowage compartments.
(a) Each compartment for the stowage of
cargo, baggage, carry-on articles, and equipment (such as life rafts), and
any other stowage compartment must be designed for its placarded maximum
weight of contents and for the critical load distribution at the
appropriate maximum load factors corresponding to the specified flight and
ground load conditions, and to the emergency landing conditions of
§25.561(b), except that the forces specified in the emergency landing
conditions need not be applied to compartments located below, or forward,
of all occupants in the airplane. If the airplane has a passenger seating
configuration, excluding pilots seats, of 10 seats or more, each stowage
compartment in the passenger cabin, except for underseat and overhead
compartments for passenger convenience, must be completely enclosed.
(b) There must be a means to prevent the
contents in the compartments from becoming a hazard by shifting, under the
loads specified in paragraph (a) of this section. For stowage compartments
in the passenger and crew cabin, if the means used is a latched door, the
design must take into consideration the wear and deterioration expected in
(c) If cargo compartment lamps are
installed, each lamp must be installed so as to prevent contact between
lamp bulb and cargo.
[Doc. No. 5066, 29 FR 18291, Dec. 24, 1964, as
amended by Amdt. 25-32, 37 FR 3969, Feb. 24, 1972; Amdt. 25-38, 41 FR
55466, Dec. 20, 1976; Amdt. 25-51, 45 FR 7755, Feb. 4, 1980]