Concorde crash convictions are overturned

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Manslaughter convictions against Continental Airlines and a mechanic for the July 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people, have been overturned by a French appeals court.

It ruled that their mistakes did not make them legally responsible for the deaths.

The crash hastened the end for the already-faltering supersonic Concorde, synonymous with hi-tech luxury but a commercial failure. The programme, jointly operated by Air France and British Airways, was taken out of service in 2003.

In the accident, on July 25, 2000, the jet crashed into a hotel near Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport soon after taking off, killing all 109 people aboard and four on the ground. Most of the victims were German.

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