PARIS — Air France and Airbus would possibly perhaps unprejudiced tranquil stand trial for involuntary manslaughter over their position in a 2009 atomize within the Atlantic that killed 228 individuals, the Paris court of attraction dominated on Wednesday.
The ruling reverses a 2019 decision no longer to prosecute both company over the accident, in which the pilots lost serve a watch on of the Airbus A330 jet after ice blocked its airspeed sensors.
Victims’ households welcomed the ruling, but Airbus and Air France mentioned they’d stare to overturn it on the Cour de Cassation, France’s perfect attraction court.
“The court decision that has lawful been announced doesn’t accept as true with in any method the conclusions of the investigation,” Airbus mentioned in an emailed assertion.
Air France “maintains that it committed no criminal fault on the root of this tragic accident,” mentioned a spokesman for the service, which is fragment of Air France-KLM.
Air France flight AF447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed on June 1, 2009, killing everyone on board.
French investigators realized that the crew had mishandled the command springing up from the loss of tempo files from sensors blocked with ice and precipitated an aerodynamic stall by conserving the airplane’s nose too high.
The sooner decision no longer to lag to trial drew correct challenges from the households as successfully as pilot unions and prosecutors who had pursued charges in opposition to Air France by myself.
Wednesday’s ruling upheld fresh requires for a trial of every firms from senior prosecutors who bear accused Air France of pilot coaching failures and Airbus for underestimating dangers posed by identified concerns with the velocity sensors.
(Reporting by Tangi Salaun and Laurence Frost Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten and Christian Lowe Editing by Louise Heavens and David Goodman)