Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

No strategy and a beige suit

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014

Read more

ENCORE!

Alain Choquette: A Hilarious Magician in Paris

Read more

FOCUS

France welcomes Iraqi Christian refugees

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Emmanuel Macron: A new economy minister with a pro-business agenda

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

More of this year's best Observers stories

Read more

#TECH 24

Changing the world, one video game at a time

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Socialist Party summer conference kicks off in explosive atmosphere

Read more

  • Austerity row overshadows French Socialist’s annual rally

    Read more

  • UN peacekeepers battle jihadists in Golan Heights

    Read more

  • Kerry calls for 'coalition of nations' to battle IS militants

    Read more

  • EU leaders meet in Brussels to seek a response to Russia

    Read more

  • Lesotho PM Thabane 'flees after 'military coup'

    Read more

  • Egypt sentences Brotherhood leader Badie to life

    Read more

  • Ukrainian plane with seven on board crashes in Algeria

    Read more

  • Exclusive: Fabius warns Russia of more sanctions

    Read more

  • IMF backs Lagarde amid French corruption probe

    Read more

  • Ebola drug ‘ZMapp’ heals all monkeys in study

    Read more

  • British killer escapes from French psychiatric hospital

    Read more

  • Police hunt for British boy with brain tumour taken to France

    Read more

  • Ukraine to relaunch NATO membership bid

    Read more

  • Suriname leader’s son pleads guilty to courting Hezbollah

    Read more

  • Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row

    Read more

  • France shines in IMF list of world’s promising economists

    Read more

  • Chelsea’s Torres set for AC Milan switch

    Read more

France

French court finds 'criminal error' in Rio-Paris air crash

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-09-29

A "criminal error" characteristic of "manslaughter" helped cause the crash of an Air France flight between Paris and Rio de Janeiro in June 2009, a French court has ruled, paving the way for a first compensation claim.

AFP - A French court ruled on Tuesday that "criminal error" was behind the June 2009 crash of an Air France flight between Paris and Rio de Janeiro, opening the way for a compensation claim.

A commission at a court in Toulon, southern France, ruled that it could pay compensation of 20,000 euros (27,000 dollars) to the family of one of the flight's air hostesses.

The evidence was enough to suggest that there had been a "criminal error characteristic of the offence of manslaughter", the court said.

The commission judged that the guarantee funds for victims of terrorism and other offences, should pay out 10,000 euros to the brother and the same amount to the father of the victim.

Flight 447 between Rio de Janeiro and Paris went down in the Atlantic roughly midway between Brazil and Senegal on June 1, 2009, killing all 228 people on board in the worst crash in Air France's history.

Crash investigators have acknowledged in previous reports that Airbus 330-200's airspeed monitors were faulty, but maintain this could not have been the sole cause of the disaster.

Until now the French justice system did not recognise that the failure behind the crash could be down to criminal error.

A series of automatic error messages were emitted by the onboard flight computer shortly before the plane disappeared from radar.

Date created : 2010-09-29

  • JUSTICE

    Air France crash victims' families to sue for negligence, lawyer says

    Read more

  • AF 447 CRASH

    One year after crash, families pay tribute and await answers

    Read more

  • AF 447 CRASH

    Latest undersea search fails to turn up Airbus black box

    Read more

COMMENT(S)