The French judiciary is allegedly seeking criminal proceedings against Air France in connection with the crash of an Air France aircraft on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris in 2009. 228 people were killed.

According to the Paris public prosecutor, the company would have been “negligent and careless” by not providing its pilots with sufficient information, reports AFP news agency based on sources. The prosecutors would also like to stop the legal battle against Airbus, the manufacturer of the aircraft.

Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on 1 June 2009. The crash has caused much discussion for years. Initially, the accident was attributed to a combination of technical and human failure. Later research put the blame more emphatically on the pilots.

According to AFP, a recent charge that has not yet come to the fore states that other incidents had already occurred in the months prior to the accident. As a result of these incidents, Air France should have instructed its pilots better on certain procedures that they had to follow.

Air France contradicts the accusations in a response. It is unclear whether it will actually come to a trial. In France, justice first brings charges against investigating judges. They then determine whether a case is started.

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