Continental Concorde crash: Airline criminally cleared

Nov 30 2012

The airline blamed for a Concorde crash which left 113 people dead in France in 2000 has been cleared of criminal responsibility by a French appeals court.

Two years ago, Continental airlines was fined after a metal strip fell off an aircraft onto the runway which then punctured the Concorde's tyre during takeoff, causing a fire in one of its fuel tanks.

Although the appeal court in Versailles has cleared Continental of manslaughter, it may still be liable for for damages after the court said the firm still bore civil responsibility.

Christian Fraser reports.

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