PARIS, FRANCE — In 2009, an Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed into Atlantic, killing all 228 passengers on board. The crash was initially believed to have been caused by a malfunction in the plane's airspeed sensors, which led to temporary inconsistencies between the pilots' control inputs and the plane's actual behavior. 

However, subsequent investigation later revealed that a combination of crew failures, systems disconnection, and bad weather contributed to the disaster.

The investigation into the crash revealed a disastrous combination of crew failures, systems disconnection, and bad weather. The plane's flight recorders and fuselage were recovered by an international team, including those involved in locating the Titanic's wreckage, almost two years after the crash.

Following the incident, families of some of the victims waged a campaign for justice for more than a decade. In late 2019, a historic public trial was held, and Airbus and Air France faced charges of "involuntary manslaughter." The companies were accused of negligence that led to the death of the passengers.

Earlier this month, the two companies were cleared of the charges, sparking outrage among the families of the victims. The judge listed acts of negligence by both companies, and concluded that they were not enough to establish a definitive link to France's worst plane disaster under French criminal law.

Although both companies initially entered a plea of not guilty to the charges, it has been reported that they have reached an agreement to pay undisclosed civil damages. The maximum corporate fine for this offence is €225,000.

However, a Paris public prosecutor has launched an appeal against the court decision, arguing that the companies should be held accountable for the disaster.

The families of the victims have expressed disappointment and frustration with the outcome of the trial, but remain hopeful that justice will be served.