French court: No Paris runway sweep on day of Concorde crash

02/4/2010 | Google

Inspectors at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport had failed to sweep the runways for 12 hours prior to the July 25, 2000, crash of an Air France Concorde, a French court heard Wednesday. A fire drill had prevented the afternoon sweep of Runway 26, according to documents. Prosecutors allege that a small metal strip dislodged from an airliner that had just taken off was struck by the Concorde, leading to an engine fire and fatal crash.

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