Continental Airline to Begin Appeal in Concorde Jet Crash Conviction

Posted March 8th, 2012 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S.-based Continental Airlines is set to begin its appeal of an involuntary manslaughter conviction and fine involving a deadly crash of a Concorde supersonic jet in 2000.

Reuters say the case will be heard Thursday in France.

The court ruled Continental was responsible for a strip of titanium from one of the company's planes being on a runway used by the ill-fated Concorde jet.

The Air France jet rolled over the metal during take off in June of 2000, puncturing one of its tires, which subsequently led to a hole in a fuel tank that caught fire.

The Concorde then crashed into a Paris area hotel, killing 113 people.

The court ordered Continental to pay $263,000 in fines to Air France, but the airline vowed to fight fine and conviction.