Oct 11, 2022
Air France Crash: Aviation bosses heckled as trial begins
The bosses of Airbus and Air France have been greeted with cries of "Shame" at the opening of a long-awaited trial in Paris connected with a deadly 2009 plane crash off Brazil. Relatives shouted protests as Air France Chief Executive Officer Anne Rigail and Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury expressed their condolences during opening statements. Ms Rigail expressed "The deepest compassion" after telling the court Air France would never forget its worst ever accident. The Air France Flight 447 crashed hours after departing from Rio de Janeiro, having run into a high altitude thunderstorm. Judges had initially charged both the airline and manufacturer with manslaughter, but the prosecutor then recommended that only Air France should go on trial.
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