Airbus issued a Safety Bulletin to A320 operators relating to the importance of protecting all aerodynamic data sensors during painting and maintenance and performing low-speed tests at safe altitude. The warnings came as French investigators closed in on the cause of the crash of an Air New Zealand A320 being flown by an XL Airways crew on a test flight off the French coast in November (ATWOnline, Jan. 12). All seven occupants died when the aircraft plunged into the Mediterranean Sea near ...

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