Although transport aircraft have three independent speed-sensing systems, environmental factors such as high-altitude ice crystals have the potential to remove this redundancy and create simultaneous failures. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) found that although the pitot tubes fitted to Airbus A330/A340 aircraft met relevant design specifications, those were not sufficient to prevent the probes from being obstructed with ice during some types of environmental conditions that ...

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