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06 November 2009

Jetstar A330 Malfunction May Have Link to Air France Atlantic Ocean Crash

The 1 June 2009 crash of an Air France A330 is still under investigation, and a recent incident involving the same aircraft type may shed light on that crash.

According to a report in the Herald Sun newspaper, In the predawn hours of October 29the, the pilot of a Jetstar Airbus 330-200, Flight JQ12, reported that many of the instruments in the cockpit blacked out for about six seconds while the aircraft was passing through storm clouds midway between Japan and the Australia.

During the six-second blackout, the automatic pilot malfunctioned and fluctuating readings were transmitted by one of the jet's three airspeed indicators. Afterwards, the instruments returned to normal and the aircraft proceeded to its destination, landing about five hours later without further incident.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority are investigating this incident, and are reportedly looking for any similarities between this event and the events that led to the crash of Air France Flight 447.

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  1. Hi,
    I read your article...
    Did they met ice ? What about their ADRs ?
    Did they apply the "Unreliable Speed Indication" procedure ?



  2. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is currently investigating this incident and has not released a final report. will review these findings and if appropriate will publish them or provide links to them as they become available.

  3. From the photo under the text of a jetstar A/C, it certainly doesnt look anything like a A330-200 , true ?

  4. Let's not forget that the same aircraft type used by Jetstar on the same route at about the same location in flight experienced a small cockpit fire earlier this year. The aircraft diverted I believe to Guam with further incident. Australian based Jetstar will be under pressure to maintain this route confidently with the Japanese.

  5. An earlier comment questioned whether the photo was that of an A330. After reviewing a number of A330 photos, it appears that this photo is also of an A330. For comparison, check the A330 Wikipedia page at

  6. def an A330. No doubt