Result of probe into Air France Rio-Paris crash outrages victims' families


A Brazilian navy ship retrieves debris from Air France flight AF447 found on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, June 9th 2009.

Ten years after the crash over the Atlantic Ocean of Air France flight AF447, in which all 228 passengers and crew aboard the Airbus 330 were killed, the French judicial investigation into the events has finally closed, without charges. The magistrates in charge of the probe have controversially exonerated the airline and Airbus of any responsibility for the disaster, which it instead placed firmly on the flight crew. The September 5th ruling has outraged relatives of the victims, who have accused the investigation of buckling before “the aeronautical lobby”, and who have now lodged an appeal to re-open the investigation. Mediapart has obtained access to the case file which, as Yann Philippin reports, contains numerous elements which contradict the magistrates’ findings.

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A decision by French investigating magistrates last week that neither Air France nor Airbus should stand trial for their responsibility in the crash of an Air France A330 plane over the Atlantic Ocean in June 2009, in which all 228 passengers and crew on board were killed, has outraged relatives of the victims and other civil parties to the case, prompting accusations that the investigation had buckled before “the aeronautical lobby”.