Concorde trial will go ahead

A French court today rejected defence requests to call off a long-awaited trial on the deadly crash of a Concorde supersonic jet.

The decision came on the second day of the trial over who was responsible for the Air France Concorde crash that killed 113 people in 2000.

Continental Airlines, Inc had argued that the trial should be called off because the indictment did not provide counterweights to accusations against the defendants, as is required.

Investigators say the crash, which came shortly after the plane’s take-off from Paris, was triggered by a metal strip on the runway that had fallen from a Continental DC-10 plane. The US carrier rejects the claim.

Continental, two of its employees and three French aviation officials are accused of manslaughter in the trial.


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