French court to rule on Concorde crash

A supersonic Concorde jet crashed in a fiery wreck outside Paris in July 2000.

Last Updated: Dec 05, 2010, 21:42 PM IST

Paris: A decade after a supersonic Concorde jet crashed in a fiery wreck outside Paris soon after takeoff, killing 113 people, a French court will rule at last on who, if anyone, is to blame.

The trial that started in February in Pontoise, northwest of Paris, reopened old questions over whether European engineers — or an American company, Continental Airlines — was responsible for the July 2000 crash of the European jet that symbolized elegance in trans-Atlantic air travel.

The verdict is expected sometime after 9:30 am (0830 GMT, 3:30 pm) on Monday.

In the years it took French judicial investigators to work their way to trial, amassing 80,000 pages of court documents, the Concordes were revamped, retired and finally sent to museums.

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