Former Thai Airline CEO Sentenced In Absentia by French Court over 2007 crash

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Former Thai Airline CEO Sentenced In Absentia by French Court over 2007 crash

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:41 pm

Former Thai airline CEO sentenced to 4 years by Paris court over 2007 crash
Sep 4, 2019 | 4:12pm Bangkok time

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 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”.

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 ($82,300).

But despite an international warrant for his arrest, Tantiprasongchai has never been detained and did not respond to the French judicial summons, and was tried in absentia.

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.

The victims’ families accused the airline of trying to cover up a series of failings which led to the crash, including overworked pilots and falsified flight logs.

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.”

Among the dead were 33 Thai nationals and 57 foreigners, mainly tourists from Britain, Israel and France. ... 007-crash/
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