French accident investigation bureau BEA wants certification criteria for pitot tubes to be changed following in-debth studies into their behavior in high-altitude flight. In its latest interim report, BEA writes that current tests “aimed at the validation of this equipment do not appear to be well-adapted to flights at high altitude.” Studies were launched as part of the investigation of the June 1 crash of Air France Flight 447. The aircraft, an Airbus A330-200, crashed off the ...


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