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Continental lodges Concorde appeal

media Olivier Metzner outside court after the 6 December verdict Reuters

Continental Airlines filed an appeal on Monday against a conviction which found it criminally responsible for the Concorde air disaster. Continental, via their lawyer Olivier Metzner, lodged papers with a appeals court in Versailles, west of Paris.

Continental had called the ruling “absurb” and said it was aimed at deflecting responsibility from Air France.

The US airline was fined 200,000 euros and ordered to pay Air France a million euros following the 6 December verdict.

The court ruled that Continental was responsible for the 2000 Concorde disaster which killed 113 people. They said a strip of titanium which fell from a Continental plane later shredded the jet’s tyre leading to a fire in the fuel tank.

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