You do realize that the average air temperature at 35,000 feet is -50 degrees, don’t you?
I was simply asking a question. Yes, I know it is colder higher up in the atmosphere although I’m no expert on the subject. But it doesn’t answer the question of why they are blaming icing as a possible cause of the crash. Planes fly across the Atlantic at 35,000 feet every day and do not crash. This one crashed. Why? Icing doesn’t explain it since all planes flying at 35,000 feet at -50 below do not crash into the ocean.
My question is what made *this* plane crash and the reports are not giving me acceptable explanations.
“You do realize that the average air temperature at 35,000 feet is -50 degrees, dont you?”
Tens of thousands of aircraft fly at this altitude daily and their pitot tubes don’t freeze. In fact, most commercial passenger aircraft have heated tubes to rule out single point failure including this one.
Air France has given several theories on this crash from a lightning strike to icing in an effort to shift blame.
Operator error and controlled crash into terrain.