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France: 'May justice be done!' - Relatives demand answers as Airbus and Air France face trial 13 years after deadly Rio crash03:15

France: 'May justice be done!' - Relatives demand answers as Airbus and Air France face trial 13 years after deadly Rio crash

France, Paris
October 10, 2022 at 18:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

French companies Airbus and Air France went on trial in Paris on Monday, accused of involuntary manslaughter over a deadly crash in Rio de Janeiro which killed 228 people 13 years ago.

Relatives of the victims, along with their lawyers, gathered at the court, with some optimistic that justice would be done.

"Families are present and may justice be done to them! They expect that those responsible are sentenced by justice and that finally, those who may have contributed to this crash can be judged and condemned," said one.

The A330 Airbus, chartered by Air France, crashed shortly after take-off on June 1, 2009. Some believed the passage of time would be simply too much.

"It's been several years until French justice was able to act," said one. "Those people responsible are already retired and (they) almost forgot about the case. So we, the victims' families, don't have high hopes for this trial."

476 parties are involved in the trial. The heads of both companies have pleaded not guilty. Airbus blamed pilot error, while Air France points to confusion among the crew.

Both companies face fines of 225,000 euros if found guilty. The trial continues until December.

France: 'May justice be done!' - Relatives demand answers as Airbus and Air France face trial 13 years after deadly Rio crash03:15
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French companies Airbus and Air France went on trial in Paris on Monday, accused of involuntary manslaughter over a deadly crash in Rio de Janeiro which killed 228 people 13 years ago.

Relatives of the victims, along with their lawyers, gathered at the court, with some optimistic that justice would be done.

"Families are present and may justice be done to them! They expect that those responsible are sentenced by justice and that finally, those who may have contributed to this crash can be judged and condemned," said one.

The A330 Airbus, chartered by Air France, crashed shortly after take-off on June 1, 2009. Some believed the passage of time would be simply too much.

"It's been several years until French justice was able to act," said one. "Those people responsible are already retired and (they) almost forgot about the case. So we, the victims' families, don't have high hopes for this trial."

476 parties are involved in the trial. The heads of both companies have pleaded not guilty. Airbus blamed pilot error, while Air France points to confusion among the crew.

Both companies face fines of 225,000 euros if found guilty. The trial continues until December.