France Magistrates drop charges against Air France and Airbus

Magistrates in France have dropped charges against Air France and Airbus over a mid-Atlantic plane crash in 2009 that killed all two hundred and twenty eight 228 on board.

The Airbus 330 aircraft flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris stalled in a storm and plunged into the ocean.

On Thursday, the magistrates looking into manslaughter charges brought by victims’ relatives decided that there were not enough grounds to prosecute.

They blamed the plane’s crew for losing control after speed sensors froze.

The main association of victims’ families called the magistrate’s decision an insult to the memory of the victims and announced plans to appeal, AFP news agency reports.

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