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Airbus faces charge over sea crash

A French judge has filed preliminary manslaughter charges against plane manufacturer Airbus over the 2009 crash of an Air France jet.

All 228 people aboard the Rio de Janeiro-Paris flight were killed when the Airbus A330 jet crashed into the Atlantic on June 1, 2009.

The dead included five Britons and two Irish citizens.

Airbus chief Thomas Enders told reporters in Paris that the preliminary charges were filed after judge Sylvie Zimmerman met Airbus lawyers. The preliminary charges allow for further investigation.

Sensors on the jet sent faulty air speed readings to the pilots before the crash, though the role of the sensors in the accident is unclear.

It is unusual for a planemaker to face criminal charges in a crash investigation.

Authorities have been unable to find the flight recorders in the extreme depths of the Atlantic.

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