Paris court hands ex-Thai airline CEO 4-year term over 2007 crash

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The suit, filed by the families of the nine French victims aboard the flight, claimed the crash landing on the resort island of Phuket was 'an accident waiting to happen'.

A French court on Tuesday sentenced the former head of a Thai budget airline to four years in jail over a 2007 crash that killed 90 people, nearly two-thirds of them foreigners.

The Paris court found Udom Tantiprasongchai, the former head of the airline One-Two-Go, guilty of voluntary manslaughter and also set a fine of 75,000 euros . The crash occurred on September 16, 2007, when the Boeing passenger jet carrying 123 passengers and seven crew skidded off the runway and burst into flames while trying to land in driving rain and heavy winds.

In its ruling, the court found evidence of"mistakes" by the pilots but also faulted the airline, saying the crew"did not have the capacity to react correctly... because of their fatigue and stress."

 

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