Air France Faces Charges Over Flight 447 Crash

Law360, New York (March 18, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT) -- A French judge on Friday brought preliminary involuntary manslaughter charges against Air France SA in connection with a 2009 plane crash on a Rio-to-Paris flight that killed 228 people.

Judge Sylvie Zimmerman made the decision a day after similar charges were filed against Airbus SAS, which made the ill-fated plane, according to the Associated Press.

"We are protesting about this. It seems to us that it is unfounded," Air France CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon said at the Paris courthouse, according to the AP.

Judge Zimmerman will continue...
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