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Airbus chief defends A330 following Air France crash

world Updated: Jun 12, 2009 16:02 IST

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Airbus head Thomas Enders on Friday publicly defended the company's A330 jets for the first time since an Air France model crashed more than a week ago in the Atlantic, killing 228 people.

"The A330 is one of the best and safest planes ever built," Enders told the mass circulation daily Bild Zeitung in an interview.

"An Airbus plane takes off every two seconds somewhere in the world, air travel is and will remain the safest means of transport," he added.

It was the first time the Airbus boss reacted publicly to the June 1 crash of the Air France A330 during a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris for reasons that remain unclear.

After Brazilians and French, German nationals made up the biggest number of victims, at 28.

"We need to be patient now. Investigations take time," Enders told the German daily.

"After such a catastrophe, the slightest information makes headlines," he complained in response to reports that have come out of the probe.

On Thursday, the French agency probing the crash said it had yet to find conclusive evidence pointing to faulty airspeed monitors as the cause of the disaster.

Speculation surrounding the doomed flight has focused on the Airbus A330's airspeed sensors, known as pitot probes, which might have malfunctioned.