French judge orders Continental to trial

July 3, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A French judge has ordered Continental Airlines and five people to stand trial for manslaughter in connection with the 2000 crash of a Concorde jet that killed 113 people.The prosecutor in the Paris suburb of Pontoise says two of the people to be tried are employees of the U.S. carrier.

Two others were employed by Aerospatiale, the maker of the Concorde. The fifth is with the French civilian aviation authority.

The prosecutor announced the order in a statement Wednesday.

The Air France Concorde crashed after takeoff from Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport in July 2000. The crash killed all 109 people on board and four on the ground.

French investigators blamed a titanium strip left on the runway by a Continental Airlines DC-10.