From: Reuters
Published March 11, 2008 10:51 PM

French prosecutor wants U.S. airline charged over crash

PARIS (Reuters) - A French public prosecutor has asked judges to bring manslaughter charges against U.S. carrier Continental Airlines over the 2000 crash of a Concord flight that killed 113 people, the prosecutor's office said on Tuesday.

The prosecutor recommended similar charges be brought against a French engineer involved in the development of the now-grounded supersonic jet, the former head of France's civil aviation authority and two Continental Airlines staff.

A French judicial investigation concluded after the July 2000 crash that a piece of metal left on the runway from a Continental flight caused one of the Concorde's tires to burst on takeoff and sent debris into the engine. The plane crashed into a hotel outside Paris.

A judge is expected to decide in coming weeks whether to accept the demand filed by the Pontoise prosecutor's office, located outside Paris, and bring charges.


(Reporting by Thierry Leveque, writing by Brian Rohan)

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