Union: All Air France Jets Have New Speed Monitors

By: AP
By: AP

PARIS – A spokesman for a pilots' union says all Air France jets taking off now have been equipped with two new-generation speed sensors.

The so-called Pitot tubes on the outside of an aircaft are under suspicion in the crash of Air France Flight 447 into the Atlantic Ocean.

France-Info radio cites Eric Derivry, a spokesman for the SNPL union, as saying all the planes flying Tuesday have at least two of their three Pitot tubes replaced, as pilots have demanded.

Air France was replacing the sensors but has not confirmed the report Tuesday.

French investigators are considering the possibility that Flight 447's speed monitors may have iced over and given false readings to cockpit computers in a thunderstorm.

Brazil's Air Force says the Pitot tubes on the Airbus presidential plane have been replaced — coincidentally after the May 31 crash.

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