Fri, Dec 17, 2010
Attorney Says Ruling "Protects Only The Interests Of
An attorney for Continental Airlines says the airline has
appealed the ruling by the French court of Pontoise which found it
criminally liable in the 2000 crash of a Concorde SST on departure
from Charles de Gaulle airport.
Olivier Metzner declared the intention to appeal against a
ruling that he said "Protects only the interests of France"
immediately after the conviction was announced on December 6th,
2010. The court found that Continental was entirely responsible for
the accident. A Continental flight had departed just before the
Concorde, and the court determined that it lost a metal part which
caused the explosion of one wheel on the Air France jet, setting in
motion a chain of events which caused the accident.
The judge found that Continental was "criminally responsible for
the crash", and guilty of manslaughter and involuntary
lesions. He said the airline should pay $266,000 in compensation to
the families of the accident's victims, and $1.3 million in
compensation to Air France.
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