Continental faces charges over Concorde crash which killed 113
Wednesday 12 March 2008
The US carrier Continental Airlines should face manslaughter charges over the Concorde crash in July 2000, a French public prosecutor has said.
A French engineer involved in development of the supersonic jet – which was taken out of service in October 2003 – should be similarly charged, according to an investigation.
A judicial inquiry after the crash concluded that a piece of metal that had fallen off a Continental airliner caused one of Concorde's tyres to burst on take-off, catapulting debris through the wing.
The plane, which had taken off from Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris, crashed into a hotel outside the French capital, killing all 113 people on board.
Onlookers watched in horror as the distinctive plane struggled to gain altitude, with flames pouring out behind it, seconds after it had left the runway. The pilot tried in vain to divert to a nearby airport.
A judge is expected to decide in the next few weeks whether bring charges, accepting the demand which was filed by the Pontoise prosecutor's office.
As early as August 2000, the French Air Accident Investigation Bureau (BEA) said it was focusing on a burst tyre which was believed to have triggered a chain of events resulting in the subsequent crash.
"The 25 July accident shows that the destruction of a tyre, an event that we cannot say will not reoccur, had catastrophic consequences in a short period of time, preventing the crew from rectifying the situation," the BEA said at the time.
Investigators also confirmed that a 40cm (16in) metal strip – believed to be from another plane - had been found on the runway at the airport. Continental Airlines, which declined to comment last night, said at the time that one of its DC-10 aircraft was missing a metal piece similar to that which was found.
- 1 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 2 What supermodels really think about posing in the nude
- 3 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 4 Black teen in critical condition after store employee 'shoots him for stealing 79-cent pack of cookies'
- 5 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
Isis schoolgirl Amira Abase who fled London to join terrorists in Syria mocks victims of Tunisia massacre
Father faces deportation to Thailand after 27 years in Britain for two 'stupid crimes'
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
£20000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This long established dealer gr...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Company is the UK's leading...
£23172 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the leading and fastest growing h...
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an experienced Resident...