HOUSTON-- The families of the two Americans killed in the

crash of an Air France flight off the South American coast in June

have filed a lawsuit in a Houston federal court.

The lawsuit contends that Air France and Airbus, the plane's

manufacturer, knew the aircraft had defective components.

Former Houston-area couple Michael and Anne Harris were two of

the 228 people killed aboard Air France Flight 447 when it crashed

en route from Brazil to France.

Also named as defendants in the lawsuit filed Wednesday are

Honeywell International Inc., Rockwell Collins Inc. and Thales SA.

The three companies manufactured various components related to

measuring airspeed and altitude. The suit alleges these components

were defective at the time they were installed and gave the pilots

incorrect information.

The cause of the crash remains unclear.

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