Concorde crash judge considers calling off trial

Olivier Metzner arriving at the Pontoise courthouse near Paris. (REUTERS)

A French judge was to decide yesterday whether to call off the manslaughter trial of Continental Airlines mechanics and French engineers blamed for a Concorde plane crash that killed 113.

Judge Dominique Andreassier was to respond to a call by Continental's lawyer Olivier Metzner to end the trial because the eight-year judicial inquiry that preceded it was allegedly skewed against the US airline.

Metzner said the inquiry had ignored or sidelined evidence that suggested that design faults in the iconic supersonic passenger jet were to blame and not, as claimed, a piece of metal that fell off a Continental airliner.


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