France Concorde crash trial begins outside Paris

US airline Continental and five individuals have gone on trial in France over the crash of an Air France Concorde nearly 10 years ago.

The jet took off in flames from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and crashed minutes later, killing 113 people.

The presiding judge began the proceedings by reading out the names of all those who died.

An official report said Concorde had hit a metal strip from a Continental plane that had taken off earlier.

But Continental’s lawyers say they can prove the supersonic jet caught fire before it struck the titanium strip.

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