Airline faces charges over Atlantic crash

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A French judge placed Air France under formal investigation for involuntary manslaughter yesterday over a crash in 2009 that killed all 228 people on a jet that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean. Being placed under formal investigation is one step short of formal charges.

Judge Sylvie Zimmerman has also placed the manufacturer Airbus under investigation.

Air France Flight 447 crashed on 1 June in a thunderstorm while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

The cause of the crash remains unclear, and may never be determined without the black box flight recorders, somewhere in the ocean depths. A fourth search operation to find them starts next week.