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Brazilian judge awards $714K in Air France suit

Brazilian judge awards $714K in Air France suit

A Brazilian judge has ordered Air France to pay more than $700,000 in damages to the families of four victims of last year's Flight 447 crash that killed all 228 people aboard.
A statement released Monday night by the Rio de Janeiro state judiciary says Judge Alberto Republicano de Macedo ordered Air France to pay $714,000 in damages to the parents and grandparents of Luciana Clarkson Seba, who died in the crash with her husband Paulo Valle Mesquita Valle and his parents Maria de Fatima and Francisco Eudes Mesquita Valle.
Osmar Maduro, an Air France spokesman in Brazil, told The Associated Press the airline would not comment on the judge's ruling. The airline can appeal the decision.
In March, Brazilian Judge Mauro Nicolau Junior ordered the airline to pay $1.2 million in damages to the family of Marcelle Valpacos Fonseca, a Brazilian state prosecutor who died in the crash of the Rio-to-Paris plane.
Air France Flight 447 crashed in the Atlantic Ocean, 930 miles (1,500 kilometers) off Brazil's northeastern coast on June 1, 2009.
Search teams failed in three efforts to find the plane's "black box" voice and data recorders. Without those, investigators may never learn why the plane crashed.
Automatic messages sent by the plane's computers just before it went down show it was receiving false air speed readings from airplane sensors known as Pitot tubes. Investigators have insisted the crash was likely caused by a series of failures and not just the Pitot tubes.
Last month, the French government announced it would start a fourth search for the black boxes in February. They could lie on a mountainous ocean floor in water as deep as 4,000 meters (13,120 feet).


Updated : 2021-06-20 06:01 GMT+08:00