July 4, 2008

French Court to Try US Airline Over Concorde Disaster


PARIS A French judge has ordered the US carrier Continental Airlines and five individuals to stand trial over the crash eight years ago of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people. The defendants, including the man who oversaw the development of the supersonic airliner, will be charged with involuntary manslaughter. The Concorde crashed minutes after take off from Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris on 25 July 2000, killing all 109 on board and four people on the ground. Investigations concluded that a strip of metal had fallen on to the runway from a previous Continental flight, which burst the tyre of Concorde.

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