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A Decade Later, Judges to Ask Who’s to Blame in Air France’s Deadly Brazil Crash

  • June 2009 accident in mid-Atlantic was Air France’s deadliest
  • Judges set to examine final minutes of Rio-Paris flight
Salvage teams work to retrieve debris from the wreckage of Air France flight 447 in June 2009.
Salvage teams work to retrieve debris from the wreckage of Air France flight 447 in June 2009.

Source: Forca Aerea Brasileira

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Airbus SE and Air France-KLM face charges of involuntary manslaughter at a French trial that opened this week over the deadly crash of a plane in the mid-Atlantic en route from Brazil to Paris more than a decade ago.

The hearings started Monday afternoon and seek to determine whether the companies are responsible for the accident that killed all 228 people on board the Airbus A330. Airbus Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury and Anne Rigail, CEO of the Air France unit of Air France-KLM, made short statements to express compassion for the victims yet dispute the accusations.