Continental Airlines faced with €175,000 manslaughter charges


Prosecutors have called for Continental Airlines to be fined EUR€175,000  (USD$218,800) for manslaughter over the Air France Concorde plane crash which killed 113 people.

The Concorde caught fire as it took off out of Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport on July 25, 2000 and crashed just minutes later into a nearby hotel.

Investigators have concluded that the crash was in part caused by a strip of metal that fell onto the runway from a Continental Airlines DC10 aircraft that took off immediately before the supersonic jet.

It has been claimed that the Concorde ran over this titanium strip and one of its tyres blew out, sending debris flying into the engine which then sparked a fire.

Prosecutors are also seeking a two-year suspended prison sentence for Henri Perrier, an 80-year-old former Concorde director who was known as the ‘father of the Concorde’.

Perrier, who was involved in the first Concorde flight in 1969 and was in charge of the plane’s testing programme has denied any wrongdoing.

"I will not accept being held responsible for this accident," Perrier told reporters on Friday.

Air France, which paid millions of dollars in compensation to families of the victims, has escaped blame from investigators looking into the disaster.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
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