A French prosecutor has recommended charging Continental Airlines with manslaughter over the July 2000 crash of a Concorde supersonic jet in Paris.
The generally accepted theory is that the Concorde ran over a strip of metal that fell off a Continental DC-10 that had just taken off. A tire on the Concorde ruptured and sent the debris through a wing, crippling the aircraft, which crashed into a hotel, killing 113 people on board.
The French prosecutor also wants to charge an engineer involved in the design of the Concorde.
The talk on the Web goes mostly like this:
View A: Continental is responsible, just as a trucking company would be responsible if a piece of cargo fell off one of its trucks on a highway and caused a fatal crash.
View B: Air France and the Concorde designers are responsible for flying an aircraft that was overly vulnerable to runway debris, which is a common problem.
View C: Stuff happens, and there’s no point in throwing blame around.