EASA considers mandatory action over pitot tubes

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European safety regulators are examining data to decide whether to issue mandatory corrective action concerning pitot tubes, following incidents relating to airspeed indication on Airbus A330/340 aircraft.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is keen to stress however, that its analysis does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation by the Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses into last week's loss of an Air France A330 over the Atlantic.

EASA has issued a safety information bulletin reminding operators of procedures to be applied in the event of loss of, or unreliable, speed indication. It has also formally confirmed the A330 as airworthy.