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Concorde crash: Continental
Airlines killings verdict quashed

BBC News, by Staff

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 11/29/2012 2:10:44 PM

A French appeals court has cleared US airline Continental of criminal blame for the July 2000 crash of a Concorde jet shortly after take-off from Paris. The ruling comes two years after another French court fined the airline and held it criminally responsible for the crash in which 113 people died. But Continental may still be liable for damages after the court said the firm still bore civil responsibility. A piece of metal from a Continental jet was blamed for causing the crash. But Continental labelled the initial court decision and its explanation absurd, and launched an appeal.

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This is one of those events that having being somehow caught on film, never leaves one when mentioned. It´s sad that lawsuits have to go on for years over matters like this, only to be overturned and resubmitted to higher courts.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 11/29/2012 2:18:24 PM     (No. 9039727)

I´m not a judge, and I don´t play one on tv. But it seems to me that if any entity is to be nailed with liability it would be the airport and its own runway maintenance staff. If something ´´falls off´´ an airplane, I would assume the clearance of that same ´´something´´ to be the distinct duty of whoever is responsible for care and upkeep of the runway...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: wws, 11/29/2012 2:43:04 PM     (No. 9039791)

Remember that the Concorde was operated and maintained by the French state-owned airline.
The French Government was ultimately responsible for all Concorde operations.

Undisputed cause of the crash was that a tire blew out and the hard rubber fragments peirced the nearby thin-skinned fuel tank, which caught fire. The French say that a piece of metal which fell off a Continental plane (due to maintenance by French mechanics, btw)caused the blowout, but 28 witnesses say the tire blew out hundreds of yards before it got to where the piece of metal was on the runway.

And it is also admitted that the support structure on the tire that blew out was faulty, due to poor maintenance by French mechanics again.

So it should be obvious that it is all an American companies fault, isn´t it?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: maggie2u, 11/29/2012 2:47:05 PM     (No. 9039802)

Well, yeah poster #2, do you have a problem with that? s/

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Reply 4 - Posted by: GOPJihad, 11/29/2012 2:56:52 PM     (No. 9039817)

One of the most infamous aviation cases has finally been overturned, though it should have never even reached this point, and not to the full extent it should be.

Those across the aviation world, both in the practical and legal side, have never had anything but contempt for the claimed "impartiality" of the French aviation authorities and courts.

The joke for years and years regarding the French has been no matter what the actual cause of crash or accident is, they will inevitably find some non-French entity, person, part, etc. at fault. When the initial verdict came out on this manslaughter case, the almost universal reaction among aviation folks was to roll their eyes and trade knowing smirks with each other in light of the incredible and seemingly inevitable finding.

Ths shame of it is, Continental is still deemed partially responsible, when any look at the evidence leaves any such determination to even the slightest degree very much in doubt.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 11/29/2012 4:02:26 PM     (No. 9039921)

If it was all Continental´s fault why did the Concorde stop flying? If I recall correctly the dangers of a tire blowout on that craft was something feared for a long time.

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