Airbus issues new warnings on speed sensors

by Jonathan on December 21, 2010

Airbus has issued a warning to pilots about a dangerous potential malfunction of its speed sensors, also known as Pitot Tubes, on aircrafts like the Air France A330 that crashed into the Atlantic, killing all 228 on board.

The warning was sent to about 100 operators of its A330, A340-200 and A340-300 long-range, widebody aircraft.

Justin Dubon, a spokesman for Airbus, said on Tuesday that the warning advised pilots NOT to re-engage the automatic pilot following false readings from airspeed indicators until after they have double-checked the readings.

Airbus has discovered that in some cases, two Pitots can give matching, incorrect speed date, which could lead pilots to re-engage autopilot prematurely.

Source: CBC.CA

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