Continental Airlines (Houston) was cleared yesterday (November 29) of any criminal responsibility in a French court for the Concorde crash in Paris in 2000 that killed 113 people. The ruling absolves a Continental mechanic of involuntary manslaughter according to this report by Reuters. The mechanic had fashioned a non-standard titanium strip that fell off a Continental McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft that fell onto the runway just before the Air France (Paris) Concorde attempted its ill-fated takeoff. Air France flight AF 4590 was scheduled to fly from Charles de Gaulle International Airport near Paris, to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on July 25, 2000. Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde 101 F-BTSC (msn 203) crashed into a hotel in Gonesse, France. All 100 passengers and the nine crew members on board died in the fiery crash.
Today Continental Airlines is now part of United Continental Holdings.
Top Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Concorde 100 F-BTSC (msn 203) is pictured at Paris (CDG) in March 1976 in the original 1959 delivery color scheme. The airliner was originally leased by Air France from Aerospatiale on January 1, 1976 as the earlier model of the type. It was converted to a Concorde 101 in June 1980.
Ural Airlines (Yekaterinburg) will start a new route on October 3 linking Ekaterinburg with Budapest, Hungary. The new route will operate weekly on Wednesdays with Airbus A320s.
In addition, the airline will also start weekly service between Chelyabinsk and Tashkent on September 5, also with Airbus A320s according to Airline Route.
On the traffic side, the company operated a total of 14,925 flights since the beginning of 2012, including 6,201 international flights, 5,447 domestic flights, and 3,134 flights to CIS countries. The Ural Airlines passenger traffic has grown by 44 percent in the first seven months of 2012.
Ural Airlines currently operates 15 Airbus A320s and nine A321s.
Copyright Photo: Felix Gottwald. Airbus A320-211 VP-BPV (msn 203) completes its final approach into Munich.
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth. The ill-fated Air France Concorde 101 F-BTSC (msn 203) is pictured on final approach at Basel/Mulhouse on May 27, 1990. Sadly it would crash at Paris (CDG) on July 25, 2007.
The British “Save Concorde Group”, SCG, and the French “Olympus 593” are joining forces in an effort to possibly fly the Concorde again.
The Concorde was retired by both Air France and British Airways seven years ago, but it is hoped the jet could return to flight for air shows.
The group will test the engines at a stored museum Concorde near Paris to determine what will be need to restore the aircraft to flying condition.