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Air France told to pay air crash victims' families

Air France told to pay air crash victims' families

A lawyer representing the families of those who died in the crash of Air France flight 447 says a French judge has ordered the airline to pay (EURO)126,000 ($176,000) in compensation to the next of kin of each of the passengers.
Attorney Marc Fribourg says the judge did not order Airbus to pay.
The Toulouse, France-based company manufactured the A330 aircraft used on the Rio-Paris flight, which slammed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, killing all 228 people aboard.
Fribourg said Tuesday the judge ruled "the link between malfunctions (on the aircraft) and the accident was not certain."
Initial information from the flight recorders suggests the pilots struggled to control the aircraft following faulty instrument readings.