Concorde on fire moments before it crashed in Paris
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Continental 'responsible' for Concorde crash in 2000

A Paris court has said Continental Airlines was "criminally responsible" for the crash of a Concorde supersonic jet 10 years ago, and fined it 200,000 euros (£170,000).

It has also been ordered to pay 1m euros to the jet's operator Air France.

A Continental mechanic, John Taylor, was given a 15-month suspended prison sentence over the crash.

Continental has said it will appeal, saying the verdict "only protects French interests".

The amateur footage of the jet was filmed on a camcorder from a lorry cab. The BBC's Christian Fraser talks about the court's decision.

  • 06 Dec 2010