Buds N Bugs: What’s gumming up the works?

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 12:33 PM.

What caused the incorrect readings?

The speed gage or pitot (pee-toe) consists of a tube with a narrow hole. Pilots the world over know it is prone to being blocked by ice, debris or living creatures, “bugged and plugged” as the aeronautical saying goes.

The ill-fated airplane had been sitting unused for three weeks before take-off.

While no pitot was ever recovered from the wreck, investigators theorized that the instrument had been blocked by an insect, probably a mud dauber or other solitary wasp nesting inside the tube.

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