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Air France 447 And Yemenia Air 310: Grounding The Airbus

by | 1st, July 2009

airbus AIR France 447 crashes. Richard North looks at the Airbus and what happens next:

The Times is reporting that Airbus is expected to face calls to ground its worldwide fleet of long-range airliners today when French accident investigators issue their first account of what caused Air France Flight 447 to crash off Brazil on 1 June.

Early Tuesday, a Yemenia Air Airbus 310 went down with 153 people on board near the Comoros islands in the Indian Ocean in stormy weather

It is believed that the accident bureau will report that faulty speed data and electronics were the main problem in the disaster that killed 228 people.

Last weekend, the US National Transportation Safety Board, began looking into two incidents in which Airbus A330s flying from the US suffered critical episodes apparently similar to that of AF447 but, crucially, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) which is the lead safety authority on this type is now likely to be asked why it had never taken action to remedy trouble that was well known with the Airbus 330 and 340 series.

“EASA has a legal and moral obligation to get to the bottom of this problem now. If there is a defective system and the aircraft is unsafe then it should be grounded, says James Healy-Pratt of Stewarts Law in London. The firm, which specialises in

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