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Continental lodges Concorde appeal

Reuters

Continental Airlines filed an appeal on Monday against a conviction which found it criminally responsible for the Concorde air disaster. Continental, via their lawyer Olivier Metzner, lodged papers with a appeals court in Versailles, west of Paris.

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Continental had called the ruling “absurb” and said it was aimed at deflecting responsibility from Air France.

The US airline was fined 200,000 euros and ordered to pay Air France a million euros following the 6 December verdict.

The court ruled that Continental was responsible for the 2000 Concorde disaster which killed 113 people. They said a strip of titanium which fell from a Continental plane later shredded the jet’s tyre leading to a fire in the fuel tank.

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