French Concorde Crash Manslaughter Trial To Begin In Feb. 2010

Continental Airlines and two U.S. employees are charged over a failure to properly maintain the aircraft.


PARIS -- The trial of U.S. airline Continental Airlines Inc. (CAL) and two of its employees for manslaughter over the crash of a Concorde airliner in 2000 will start in February next year, prosecutors said Monday.

A former French civil aviation official and two senior members of the Concorde program will be tried on the same charge before a criminal court in Pontoise, outside Paris.

The New York-bound Concorde crashed in a ball of fire shortly after takeoff from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on July 25, 2000, killing all 109 people on board and four workers on the ground.

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