Airbus, Air France Face Felony Trial Over Rio-Paris Crash

PARIS (AP) — Airbus and Air France go on trial on manslaughter prices Monday over the crash of a Rio-Paris flight in 2009 that plunged into the Atlantic amid thunderstorms, killing all 228 folks aboard and resulting in modifications in air security laws.

The worst airplane crash in Air France historical past killed folks of 33 nationalities, and households from around the globe are among the many plaintiffs within the case. They have fought for greater than a decade to see the case come to trial.

The investigation discovered a number of elements contributed to the crash of Flight 447. The trial is predicted to deal with pilot error, and the icing over of exterior sensors referred to as pitot tubes.

An Associated Press investigation on the time discovered that Airbus had identified since a minimum of 2002 about issues with the kind of pitots used on the jet that crashed, however failed to switch them till after the crash. Air France is accused of not having supplied enough coaching to cope with problematic pitots.

The firms say they aren’t criminally accountable. Air France has already compensated households of these killed.

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The A330-200 airplane disappeared from radars over the Atlantic Ocean between Brazil and Senegal with 216 passengers and 12 crew members aboard. It took two years to seek out the airplane and its black field recorders on the ocean flooring, at depths of greater than 13,000 ft.

The accident later prompted modifications in how pilots are skilled and new laws on airspeed sensors.

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