The wrong tube…

June 15, 2009

Air France crash focus on speed; search hopes fade

An aviation expert, who declined to be named, said the plane’s airspeed sensors, called pilot tubes, work on air pressure and might provide incorrect readings if they get obstructed by objects such as ice.

They are called “pitot” tubes not “pilot” tubes.


For your video report, the correct pronounciation of ‘pitot tube’ is ‘pee toe’


We got an amazing amount of feedback on these tubes. Yes, we used pilot instead of pitot in one story, and yes, we mispronounced the word in a video report: GBU Editor

Debris from the missing Air France flight 447 is seen at the Air Force base in Recife June 12, 2009. The Air France Airbus A330 crashed into the sea on June 1 en route from Brazil to Paris, killing all 228 aboard.  REUTERS/Stringer

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