National: Airline found guilty over fatal Concorde crash

CONTINENTAL Airlines and one of its mechanics were today found guilty of criminal negligence in causing the French Concorde crash that killed 113 people 10 years ago.

A Paris court ruled that the company and mechanic John Taylor must pay fines over the July 2000 disaster.

Taylor was also given a 15-month suspended prison sentence. All other defendants were acquitted in the verdict.

Investigators said a Continental DC-10 dropped titanium debris on the runway at Charles de Gaulle airport before the Concorde took off.

The debris cut the Concorde’s tyre, hurling bits of rubber into the fuel tanks and starting a fire.

n Were you near the scene of the crash? Did you know someone caught up in the disaster? Call the news desk on 01473 324788.

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