Continental Airlines vows it will appeal a French judge’s ruling the airline and one of its employees were guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the July 25, 2000, crash of an Air France Concorde, in which 113 persons died including four on the ground.
The airline was fined €200,000 and ordered to pay Air France €1 million related to the accident. A Continental mechanic was also found guilty and received a suspended sentence of 15 months, with a second mechanic cleared of charges. Three French officials – a former Aerospatiale executive and two representatives, at the time, of the French civil aviation agency (DGAC) — were also cleared of contributing to the crash. The French officials were accused of not addressing known Concorde design flaws.