Airspeed indication failure on take-off at Brisbane Airport involving a Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330

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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating an airspeed indication failure on take-off involving a Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330 (9M-MTK) at Brisbane Airport, Queensland on 18 July 2018. During take-off, the airspeed indicators failed and the crew conducted a return to Brisbane. Flight MH134 landed very hard on the runway and was forced to be towed to its parking position: due to issues with the nose wheel steering and the main landing gear doors it took 90 minutes to remove the aircraft from the runway.

Different web sites and news channels reported that the airspeed indicators were not working as the pitot tubes were still covered. Pitot tubes measure static and kinetic air pressure in a moving aircraft to determine the indicated airspeed and the covers should have been removed before the flight.

The ATSB has started an investigation, the bureau will examine the aircraft, collect recorders, and interview maintenance and flight crew. A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

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