July 17, 2019 / 10:36 AM / 5 months ago

Prosecutors seek Air France trial over fatal 2009 Rio-to-Paris crash: source

Flight recorders from the Rio-Paris Air France flight which crashed in 2009 are displayed for the media before a news conference at the BEA headquarters in Le Bourget, northern Paris, May 12, 2011. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - French prosecutors want Air France to face trial over a fatal crash in 2009 involving flight AF447 between Rio de Janeiro and Paris which killed all 228 people on board, a judicial source said on Wednesday.

The doomed Airbus A330 jet crashed into the sea on June 1, 2009, after entering an aerodynamic stall. The judicial source added that prosecutors would not be seeking a trial of Airbus over the affair.

French investigators found the crew of AF447 mishandled the loss of speed readings from sensors blocked with ice from the storm, and pushed it into a stall by holding the nose too high.

Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; Editing by Jason Neely and Louise Heavens

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