The Times reports that Airbus could be asked to ground all it’s long distance airliners.
Apparently there have been other incidents similar to that involving the Air France airbus which went down off Brazil.
Suspicion over the air data systems on the Airbus 330 and 340 series has increased after the disclosure that the aircraft had experienced 36 episodes similar to the one that brought Flight 447 down as it flew from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
Airbus first reported problems with the speed sensors — known as pitot tubes — in 1994, it emerged this week. The company advised remedies, but no mandatory action was taken.
Why was no mandatory action taken? Where were the regulatory authorities? It has been my belief that airplanes and airlines were subject to stringent governance protocols because of the safety issues. Is there a weakness in the process?