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WORLD : Air Official Indicted in French Crash

June 28, 1989|From Times Wire Services

MULHOUSE, France — The head of Air France's security and flight analysis department was indicted for manslaughter today in the crash of an Airbus A320 at a 1988 air show that killed three people and injured 50.

The pilot of the advanced Airbus A320 and the air show flight director have already been indicted on the same charge. In the latest legal action, investigating Judge Marie-Catherine Marchioni indicted airline executive Jacques Gauthier in connection with the crash June 26, 1988, during an air show in eastern France.

The airliner was making a low-altitude pass at the Mulhouse-Habsheim Airport when it plowed into woods at the end of a runway, crashed and burst into flames. The crash led authorities to forbid commercial planes carrying passengers from participating in air shows.

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