Plane crash widow still waiting for an apology from airline

Arthur Coakley
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The widow of a man killed when an Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed into the sea says her family are still fighting for an apology from the airline.

Speaking after an inquest into her husband’s death on Tuesday, Patricia Coakley said all the victims’ families deserves an apology but four years on she has not received one.

Arthur Coakley, 61, of Sandsend near Whitby, was killed in the early hours of June 1, 2009, when Air France flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. An investigation found equipment malfunctioned and the pilots were unable to respond effectively.

“We are fighting for an apology, everyone deserves an apology but they are refusing to give it,” said Mrs Coakley.

“I spoke to Air France’s lawyer and he ignored it.

“That’s all we want, an apology. It’s four years and four months to the day exactly since it happened.”

Delivering a narrative verdict at Northallerton County Hall, coroner Michael Oakley said there had been systematic failures and a blockage of the aircraft’s pitot tubes, used to measure fluid pressures, leading to the crash.