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Old 6th Dec 2009, 10:18
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Pilot suspects static electricity in Citation X pitot failures

The French crew also radioed about static electricity charge. It could be nothing else but them actually seeing a shining ball.

Can someone enlighten me where in the official BEA reporting the AF447 crew radioed about this issue of static electricity? The only reference about this issue I could find in the reporting is flight LH507, a Lufthansa B744 preceding AF447 by about 20 minutes at FL 350. This crew reported that `They saw St. Elmo´s fire on the windshield on the left-hand side.´

I have checked Appendix 3 of the BEA Interim report which contains the AF447 radiocommunications transcript but it does not mention anything about static electricity.

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