France seeks Concorde prosecution

Prosecutor's office wants US airline to be tried for manslaughter over crash in 2000.

    The crash killed all 109 people on board and four people on the ground [EPA]

    The prosecutor recommended that the court try the US airline and two of its employees, John Taylor, who allegedly installed the defective strip, and Stanley Ford, a maintenance chief.


    The prosecutor also wants two French officials to go on trial, Claude Frantzen, former head of training at the French civil aviation authority and Henri Perrier, former head of the Concorde programme.

    The Air France Concorde crashed shortly after takeoff from Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport on July 25, 2000, killing all 109 people on board, mostly German tourists, and four people on the ground.

    The French judicial inquiry determined that a metal strip from the Continental aeroplane caused one of the Concorde's tyres to burst, which sent debris flying that punctured the Concorde's fuel tanks.

    The inquiry also reported that the tanks lacked sufficient protection from shock, and that Concorde's makers had been aware of the weakness since 1979.     

    SOURCE: Agencies


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