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  • Concorde Verdict Pending
    Posted by Robert Wall 8:29 AM on Dec 06, 2010

    A judgement is due to finally come down today in France on whether anyone is responsible for the  July 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde in which 113 persons died.

    Suspected foreign object damage on takeoff at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport triggered a series of events that caused the aircraft to crash near Le Bourget.

    The case will be watched particularly closely by Continental. One of the airline's DC-10 had taken off prior to Concorde, leaving behind the suspected metal strip that punctured Concorde's fuel tank. Two employees are accused of manslaughter.

    Furthermore, the French judge will determine if there were design flaws in Concorde that contributed to the calamity. Three French officials (one for Aerospatiale and two former DGAC representatives) stand charged with not having rectified design shortcomings.

    The crash caused a high-level of political pressure in France that led to the retirement of theiconic fleet.

    Tags: tw99, Concorde, Air France

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