Airbus may face charges over 2009 Rio-Paris crash

An Airbus 330 en route from Rio to Paris plunged into Atlantic ocean in 2009.

Updated: Mar 17, 2011, 16:42 PM IST

Paris: A French judge is deciding whether to file preliminary charges against planemaker Airbus over the 2009 crash of an Air France jet over the Atlantic Ocean.

The investigating judge will meet with lawyers from Airbus in Paris on Thursday. The judge could then issue preliminary charges pending further investigation.

An Airbus 330 en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris plunged into the ocean during a storm on June 01, 2009. All 228 people aboard flight 447 were killed.
Automatic messages sent by the plane`s computers show it was receiving false air speed readings from sensors known as pitot tubes. Investigators have said the crash was likely caused by a series of problems.

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