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"The pilot did not report any problems. Until the very last moment things were normal between the pilot and the control tower" at Tripoli airport before Wednesday's early morning disaster, Neji Dhaou told AFP. "What I can confirm for now is that the aircraft struck the ground before reaching the runway,"
Now concerns are emerging about speed monitors on board the Air France aircraft, and the revelation that this was a general issue of concern since May last year.
According to Der Spiegel, the icing problem continues to affect pitot tubes on Airbus planes. The company does offer a $420,000 add-on that will allow pilots to calibrate their bearings if the pitot tubes fail. Air France planes do not have that option.
As of May 2010, the Airbus A330 has been involved in 13 incidents, including three confirmed hull-loss accidents and three other losses, for a total of 338 fatalities.