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French court finds Welder Guilty in 2000 Crash of Air France Concorde Jet

Dec 6 2010, 1:11pm CST | by , in News | Other Stuff

French court finds Welder Guilty in 2000 Crash of Air France Concorde Jet
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Concorde crash case comes to a close

You might recall the tragedy in 2000 when the Air France Concorde jet crashed killing all passengers on board long with four people on the ground. The catastrophe started when a piece of metal on the Concorde fell off while it was accelerating for takeoff. The metal punctured the tire of the aircraft, shooting up sparks.

The tanks ruptured and the sparks caught the fuel on fire causing the crash. A French court has finally completed its investigation and placed the blame for the accident on Continental Airlines and on a Welder that was on duty the day of the tragedy.

The ruling in the case opens Continental and EADS up to millions in damages from the families of the victims of the crash. Both Continental and the welder, John Taylor, plan to appeal the decision. Legal counsel for Taylor said, "I do not understand how my client could be considered to have sole responsibility for the Concorde crash."

Taylor received a 15-month suspended prison sentence and a conviction on manslaughter charges. The airline was fined 200,000 euros. The court found that maintenance practices were to blame for the accident, which resulted in the retirement of the entire Concorde fleet of aircraft in 2003.

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