Air France Flight 447 Crash 'Didn't Have to Happen,' Expert Says
Dear Capt. Lim
I am an aviation enthusiast but sometimes can become nervous about flying! I like reading from your website!
Please, I have a question about a flight that I am anxious about!
I am flying from Recife, Brazil to Portugal next month for work in an A330! I am anxious because it is on the same plane model, at night and passes exactly where Air France 447 unfortunately crashed! So I am a bit scared!
Were the issues with the pitot tubes solved? Did pilots get additional training and are ensuring their radars can capture where the bad weather will be?
Is it as safe flying on an A330 as it would be on another model like an A340 or Boeing 777?
Thank you very much!
Since the Air France 447 tragedy, the Investigation Board have revealed the causes and made recommendations to prevent future accidents of such a nature. The issues that you have raised have all been addressed.
According to Airbus, the pitot tubes which have iced up on encountering severe weather causing the loss of airspeed have been replaced on all Airbus A330 planes with newer models.
All Airbus A330 pilots worldwide have been given additional training, especially on unreliable air speed encounter and recovery from aircraft upset and stalls. (I am among those instructors in our airlines that are involved in these training to ensure pilots continue to be proficient in handling such events.)
Additionally, proper radar usages are emphasized as part of the normal training when operating in severe weather.
Rest assured that flying on the Airbus A330/A340 and the Boeing 777 are all equally safe. I have flown them all!
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