Two pieces of evidence have emerged that lend new credence to the theory that the Air France jet that crashed more than a week ago broke up in flight.
. . . reports the New York Times today.
And Airbus, the plane’s manufacturer, sent its airline customers a bulletin saying . . . the parts that measure air speed may have failed first.
A faulty air speed indicator could mislead pilots into flying faster than the aircraft could withstand, or faster than it should be flown into turbulence — two circumstances that could lead to the craft coming apart in flight.
No pilots are more insulated from the operation of their aircraft than those flying Airbus with its “fly-by-wire” electronic system that provides for no manual or hydraulic. Still, you’d think the pilots, with their years of experience, could sense if they were going too fast, especially into a storm.
Unless pilots can confirm that this scenario seems plausible, Flight 447 will be filed with another infamous crash in the memory banks of skeptics everywhere. If you’ll recall, TWA Flight 800 is thought by many to have been shot down by a surface-to-air missile off Long Island, New York in 1996. And, as you’re probably heard by now, Air France received a bomb threat (which didn’t pan out) on a South America to Paris flight just four days before Flight 447 crashed.
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