French Concorde trial to begin

US airline standing trial nearly ten years after fatal crash.

The US airline Continental is to go on trial in France for the crash of an Air France Concorde jet nearly a decade ago.

Flight 4590 caught fire as it took off from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in July 2000, killing 109 people on board. The supersonic jet also hit a hotel, claiming a further four lives.

The plane was moving too fast along the runway to stop after a wing and one engine caught fire, so the pilot was forced to take off.

It is alleged that a metal strip fell earlier from one of Continental's plans, causing the crash. Continental will deny the accusations.

Five individuals will also stand trial.


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