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France to prosecute Yemenia Airways over plane crash that killed 152 people in 2009

Yemenia Airways has been charged in connection with the crash of an Airbus A310 on June 29, 2009. (Image: Reuters)

In the case plane crash of the aforementioned Yemenia Airways, a 12-year-old girl miraculously survived.

Yemenia Airways, the national airline of Yemen, faces a maximum fine of 225,000 Euros ($240,000) for negligent homicide (manslaughter) and causing bodily injury in a scheduled trial. lasted for four weeks.

On June 29, 2009, Yemenia Flight 626 crashed while approaching Moroni, the capital of the Comoros, the archipelago between Mozambique and Madagascar.

Of the 142 passengers and 11 crew on board, 66 are French nationals who are scheduled to transfer at the airport in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Instead of landing safely, before 23h on June 29, 2009, the Airbus A310 crashed into the Indian Ocean while the engine was operating at full speed, killing 152 people on board, except Bahia. Bakari was 12 years old then.

In his interviews and a memoir, Bakari recalls the “chaos” in the process plane crashbefore feeling what appeared to be an “electric shock” and then it all went black and she found herself in seawater.

Bahia Bakari survived by clinging to debris for 11 hours, until she was found by a fishing boat the following day.

Although the black boxes were found weeks after the crash, France accused the Comoros government of obstructing them in the investigation, while the victim’s family accused Yemen of lobbying to obstruct the trial. .

Assoumani, head of the victims’ association, said: “13 years is a very long time, psychologically and morally exhausting, even physical. But after 13 years of waiting and impatience. , the criminal trial was finally opened”.

Investigators and experts found that the plane did not have any problems or damage. Instead, they allege “inappropriate actions by the crew during the approach to Moroni airport, which resulted in the aircraft losing control”.

Yemenia Airways has been charged by prosecutors with “vulnerable” pilot training and for continuing to fly to Moroni at night despite the landing lights not working.

Some 560 people have joined the lawsuit as plaintiffs, many of them from the area around Marseille, in the south of France, home to many of the victims.

Survivor Bakari is scheduled to testify in court on May 23.

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