Second development this evening is a press release from Air France which says two things: first that the black boxes must be found at all costs, and second that, once again, the airline considers that it wasn't at fault over the pitot tube issue and in fact acted to fix it despite a) nobody suggesting that replacment tubes would cure the icing problem and b) they didn't have to. Again full text below.
Finally, the French BEA have
Airbus press release
Airbus launches initiative to reinforce flight data recovery capability
Airbus to involve all stakeholders
Airbus has launched a study for reinforcing flight data recovery, including, but not limited to, extended data transmission for commercial airliners, so that in the event of accidents, critical flight information can still be recovered and released to the investigating authorities.
Tom Enders, President and CEO of Airbus commented: "Gathering information from accidents is vitally important to further improve the safety of flying. Various technical means for reinforcing flight data recovery and data transmission to ground centres are principally available. We will now study different options for viable commercial solutions, including those where our experience with real-time data transmission from our own test aircraft could support the further development of such solutions."
The study will be conducted by Patrick Gavin, Head of Airbus Engineering, and Charles Champion, Head of Customer Services, and will need to address technological issues as well as data protection and privacy concerns. Airbus will include industrial partners, research institutions, and international airworthiness and investigation authorities in this study.
* * *Air France press release
AF 447: Progress Report from the French Air Accident Investigation Bureau (BEA)
It is also a very important step for the
relatives of the victims, who, like Air
It is, of course, of capital importance
All the elements of the investigation
produced by the French Air Accident Investigation Bureau (BEA) will be fully
and immediately taken into account by the airline. Flight safety is of prime
concern to Air
Following the publication of the progress
- In Airbus' recommendation of November 2008, superseding that of September 2007, the replacement of the Thalès AA Pitot probes by Thalès BA Pitot probes was no longer put forward as a solution to the icing problems.
- On 27 April 2009, rather than waiting for the results of this evaluation, Air France decided to equip its entire fleet of Airbus A330s and A340s with the Thalès BA Pitot probes.