VSMUT wrote:Birgenair 301, a 757, suspected that wasps had built a nest in one of the pitot tubes:
Pitot tubes get really hot when heating is on. I've seen them glowing red-hot. If you left the cover on, it would probably melt/burn off.
Horstroad wrote:Blocked pitot probes isn't much of a problem and shouldn't result in a crash if they have been blocked before take off. You simply wouldn't see a speed increase during the take off roll and would abort. That's what the 80 or 100 knots callout is there for.
Blocked static ports are a bit more tricky. You wouldn't notice until after you start to climb. Only then would you see a decrease in airspeed and no change in altitude.
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