August 21, 2009 / 3:26 PM / 11 years ago

Family of crash victim seeks to sue Air France

NICE, France, Aug 21 (Reuters) - The family of a flight attendant who died in the Air France (AIRF.PA) crash of June 1 off the coast of Brazil is seeking legal action against the carrier, its lawyer said on Friday.

Clara Amado, 31, was one of 228 people on board flight AF447 which plunged into the Atlantic Ocean while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. It was 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 Sept. 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. [ID:nLK683729]

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.

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. (Additional reporting by James Regan in Paris; Reporting by Pierre Thebault; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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