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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Yemeni Airlines Flight 626 Crashes into Indian Ocean

A Yemeni Airlines Airbus A310 Jet carrying 153 people crashed into the Indian Ocean during severe weather. This would be the third Airbus jet to crash under similar situations. The first being back on November 12th, 2001 when the A300 American Airlines flight 587 crashed as a result of the overuse of the rudder control caused the tail section to rip off. The root cause of this crash was faulty air speed tubes which provided the pilot with faulty air speed readings.

More recently, Air France flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009. Although the cause of this crash has not been released yet, there is speculation it may have been as a result of faulty air speed tubes as the tail was ripped off in a manner similar to that of the American Airlines flight.

This problem with faulty air speed tubes is a known issue and Air France Pilots union in Paris France said all pilots should refuse to fly Airbus 330's on any long haul flights unless the flight speed detectors are upgraded with improved airspeed detectors.

According to French Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau, the Yemeni Airlines A310 was inspected in 2007 by French transportation authorities who "noticed a certain number of faults. Since then the plane had not returned to France,". It is not known if these faults were in relation to the Air Speed sensors or if they have even been repaired.

A report from the Yemen news agency Saba said preliminary reports blamed the crash of Yemeni Airlines flight 626, over the Indian Ocean on bad weather in the region. Deputy general manager for Yemenia operations, Mohammad Sumairi said "We still do not have information about the reason behind the crash or survivors, the weather conditions were rough: strong wind and high seas. The wind speed recorded on land at the airport was 61 kilometers [38 miles] an hour. There could be other factors."

At this time, rescue crews are on the scene of the Yemeni Airlines crash and have found 1 surviving toddler. This find is giving rescuers attending the Yemeni Airlines crash in the Indian Ocean hope of finding more survivors.

Yemeni Airlines flight 626 originated in Paris, and passengers changed planes in Sana for the Moroni leg of the journey. The plane was carrying 142 passengers and 11 crew when it crashed into the Indian Ocean.

Related links

Air France flight 447 Disappears over Atlantic Ocean

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