We are told that under French criminal law, a court of inquiry has been set up which may find that Continental will be held responsible for the crash of the beautiful Concorde, for the reason that a Continental DC10 shed a strip of titanium on to the runway at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris prior to Concorde’s takeoff roll, which exploded a tire.
This hearing may boomerang on the French.
Airlines expect to find a clear runway at all times, and the control tower folk are expected to inspect the runway with a pair of binoculars before all takeoffs. They will ultimately be held responsible, and should be. Millions of dollars are involved.
It is sad that this incident led directly to the demise of the French and British fleets, and to the marque itself, and to the end of an unforgettable flying experience.