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Will second crash in one month hurt Airbus image?

With just four companies manufacturing large commercial planes, any accident draws scrutiny to a firm.

A Yemenia airlines Airbus 310-300 registered under the number 70-ADJ taxis on the tarmac of Charles De Gaulle International Airport in Paris in this July 27, 2002 file photo. Airbus confirmed Tuesday that the same aircraft was involved in the crash near the Comoros Islands.


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The second Airbus jet crash in the past month has created a public relations challenge for a company that has so far had a good reputation for safety.

Early Tuesday, a Yemenia Air Airbus 310 went down with 153 people on board near the Comoros islands in the Indian Ocean in stormy weather. Searchers have rescued one child so far.

A month ago, an Air France Airbus 330 apparently broke up over the Atlantic Ocean on a routine flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. All 228 people on board perished. The accident is still under investigation, but initial evidence indicates that speed sensors may have malfunctioned, sending faulty information to one of the plane's flight computers.

It's too early to speculate on the cause of Tuesday's crash, but French air safety authorities say the aircraft was inspected in 2007 and found to have "a certain number of faults." They did not say whether the faults were structural, mechanical, or computer-related.


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