Air France Changes Airbus Speed Sensors

Icing concerns fueled replacements beginning last month
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2009 11:14 AM CDT
Air France Changes Airbus Speed Sensors
Tourists walk at a lookout point near a former Air France communications base at Fernando de Noronha Island in northeast Brazil on Friday, June 5, 2009.    (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

(Newser) – Air France is speeding up the process of replacing sensors on its Airbus planes following the crash of Flight 447, the BBC reports, a process it began in April. In May of last year, Air France said, it observed a “small number” of “incidents of loss of airspeed information during cruise flight” on A330s and A340s. The firm told Airbus about its concern, and Airbus suggested replacing the monitors.

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While noting that the recommendation didn't mean the airplane was unsafe, the airline released a statement that said "without prejudging a link with the causes of the accident, Air France has accelerated this [replacement] program."

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