French court: Continental guilty in Concorde crash

French court: Continental guilty in Concorde crash

Pontoise: A French court has found Continental Airlines, Inc. and one of its mechanics guilty of criminal wrongdoing in the crash of a supersonic Concorde jet outside Paris a decade ago that killed 113 people.

The court in the Paris suburb of Pontoise ruled Monday that the US-based airline and Continental mechanic John Taylor must pay fines over the July 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde.

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

Investigators have said a Continental DC-10 dropped titanium debris onto the runway at Charles de Gaulle airport before the Concorde took off. They said the debris gashed the Concorde’s tire, propelling bits of rubber into the fuel tanks and sparking a fire.