Continental mechanic quizzed on Concorde crash

17th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 16 (AFP) - A senior mechanic for the US airline Continental was questioned in Paris Thursday about a metal strip of one his company's planes that allegedly brought down the Concorde that crashed outside the French capital in 2000, killing all on board, French officials said.

PARIS, June 16 (AFP) - A senior mechanic for the US airline Continental was questioned in Paris Thursday about a metal strip of one his company's planes that allegedly brought down the Concorde that crashed outside the French capital in 2000, killing all on board, French officials said.  

Stanley Ford, a US citizen, supervised the installation of the non-standard titanium strip on a Continental DC-10 that took off on the same runway as the doomed Concorde.  

The strip, which fell off the DC-10, punctured the Air France Concorde's tyre, sending debris upwards into the fuel tank which then exploded.  

French authorities hold that the piece of metal played a "direct" role in the accident.  

This is contested by Continental's lawyers, who say the French accident report is incomplete.  

Ford was questioned by judge Christophe Regnard, who is heading up the French inquiry.  

If the judge so determines, Ford may be placed under formal criminal investigation - one step short of charges being laid - for manslaughter, a judicial source said.  

Regnard already placed Continental itself under investigation in March.  

Ford's subordinate, John Taylor, was to be questioned Friday.  

The Concorde crashed as it was taking off from Charles de Gaulle airport on July 25, 2000, killing all 109 people on board as well as four people on the ground.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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