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Wednesday, 27 September, 2000, 12:55 GMT 13:55 UK
Air France sues over Concorde crash

Air France has filed a lawsuit against the American airline, Continental, in connection with the Concorde crash outside Paris in July.

Initial investigations suggested that a metal strip, said to have fallen off a Continental DC-ten aircraft which took off from the same runway at Charles de Gaulle airport shortly before the Concorde, might have caused the crash.

An Air France spokeswoman said the case was taken to a French commercial court under a civil aviation code which makes airlines responsible for any damage caused by pieces that fall off their aircraft. A lawyer acting for some of the crash victims' families said on Tuesday he was also planning to sue Continental in the United States. A spokesman for Continental said there was no evidence to suggest it was involved.

A-hundred-and-thirteen people died in the crash, which has led to the grounding of all Concordes.

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