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Aircraft in storage in May. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ryan Ewing)

EASA Warns Against Pitot Tube Blockage Due to COVID-19 Storage

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a safety bulletin following "an alarming trend in the number of reports of unreliable speed and altitude indications during the first flights following the aircraft leaving storage," as the agency states. EASA warned the airline operators and maintenance organizations against pitot tube blockage causing airspeed and altitude errors after the aircraft return to service from COVID-19 storage. According to the safety agency, pitot-static issues are caused by the accumulation of foreign objects,…