Air France faces damages in fatal Brazilian air crash

A Brazilian judge has ordered Air France to pay at least $714,000 to the relatives of a Brazilian family that died when the airline’s Rio-Paris flight crashed into the Atlantic last year.

The airline on Tuesday declined to comment on the ruling.

Judge Alberto Republicano de Macedo said the French airline owes damages to the parents and grandparents of Luciana Clarkson Seba, who was killed along with her husband and in-laws.

All 228 people on board Air France’s Flight 447 died in the crash, which was partially blamed on the airplane’s malfunctioning speed sensors.

The plane went down in June, 2009, about 1,500 kilometers off Brazil’s northeastern coast. Efforts to find the plane’s “black boxes” that record flight information so far have failed.

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