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Family of victim seeks to sue Air France over fatal crash

The family of a flight attendant who died in the Air France crash of June 1 off the coast of Brazil is seeking legal action against the carrier.
Clara Amado, 31, was one of 228 people on board flight AF447 which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.


The family’s lawyer said it was suing the airline over what had been described as the deadliest accident in the French airline’s history.
The lawyer acting for Amado’s relatives said her family was the second to call for legal action against Air France.
He said he was seeking to get the carrier placed under formal investigation before September 24, when Air France and the victims’ families are due to meet for the fourth time since the crash. It will be for prosecutors to decide if there is a case to answer.
“We want answers to our questions and we want to know the exact causes of the accident and we want people to assume their responsibilities,” Jean_Claude Guidicelli, the lawyer representing Amado’s father and brother, said.
Investigators trying to work out the cause of the accident said faulty speed sensor readings could have been a factor, but were unlikely to have been the sole cause.
Air France said on July 31 it planned to replace some of the speed sensors on its A330s and A340s.
French submarines have halted their search for the flight recorders from the Airbus A330 and have not been able to locate the wreck, France’s BEA air accident board said on Thursday.
A judicial inquiry into involuntary homicide has also been opened in relation to the crash.
Air France said it was cooperating fully with all investigations, even as a spokeswoman for the airline declined to comment on the case of Amado’s family, but said Air France respected their grief and shared their sorrow.
“We want to understand the causes of the crash,” she said.


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