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Latest update : 2008-03-12

A French prosecutor has called for Continental Airlines, a Concorde engineer and a French former civil aviation official to be taken to court over the supersonic aircraft's crash near Paris in 2000.

A French prosecutor has called for US airline Continental to be put on trial over the 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde, a court official said.
  
A French inquiry found that the disaster, which killed 113 people, was caused in part by a strip of metal from a Continental plane, which fell off and later shredded one of the Concorde's tyres.
  
A deputy prosecutor in the city of Pontoise, Bernard Farret, said Tuesday a request was made to bring to trial the airline as well as four individuals, including the Continental mechanic who allegedly fitted the strip to the plane.
  
The request must still be approved by judges.
  
The Concorde crashed on July 25, 2000, killing all 109 people aboard and four people on the ground.
  
The plane caught fire on take-off from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.
  
An investigation found it had run over the strip, which shredded one of the Concorde's tyres, sending heavy chunks of rubber through a fuel tank and setting the plane ablaze.
  
John Taylor, a Continental mechanic who allegedly fitted the non-standard strip, Continental maintenance official Stanley Ford, and the airline itself, would stand trial for involuntarily causing death and injuries, Farret said.
  
A former head of the Concorde division at France's EADS, Henri Perrier, and a former member of France's civil aviation watchdog, Claude Frantzen, were also cited to be brought to trial.

Date created : 2008-03-12

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