Monday, December 6, 2010
Continental Airlines mechanic charged with manslaughter in connection with the Concorde 2000 crash
A Continental Airlines mechanic and the airline have been found guilty for the 2000 crash of the Concorde supersonic airliner. The mechanic and the airline were charged earlier this morning with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 2000 Concorde accident that crashed into a hotel killing 109 on board and 4 on the ground, the Air France Concorde was filled with mostly German tourist, all Concorde's were grounded after the incident. The crash occurred because of a metal strip which fell off a Continental Airlines DC-10 which departed on that same runway at Charles de Gaulle Airport earlier that day. French judicial and aviation investigators concluded long ago that a Continental Airlines DC-10 dropped titanium debris onto the runway at the airport before the Air France Concorde took off — a metal strip that gashed the supersonic jet's tire and sent rubber pieces flying into the fuel tanks, causing a fire.The court Monday ruled that Continental must pay a $265,000 fine and Houston-based mechanic John Taylor must pay $2,650. Taylor was also handed a 15-month suspended prison sentence.