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Victims' families file suit in Concorde crash

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NEW YORK (CNN) -- The families of three victims who died in last summer's crash of a Concorde jet near Paris filed suit Tuesday in U.S. federal court seeking compensation from seven companies with a connection to the accident.

A total of 113 people died in the July 25, 2000 crash that occurred minutes after Air France flight 4590 took off from Charles De Gaulle airport. "This was a tragic accident and it appears a number of people were negligent or reckless or both. The families want them to accept responsibility for their actions, or non-actions," said Joel Harris, an attorney for the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs are the relatives of three German victims: Wolfgang Schnitter and Martin and Barbara Marx. Their claim, filed in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, seeks compensation from seven defendants, including Air France and Continental Airlines, owner of the DC-10 aircraft from which a metal shard from the engine fell and landed on the runway, puncturing a Concorde tire and possibly causing the crash.

Although the exact cause of the accident is still under investigation, the Bureau Enquetes-Accidents, the French governmental agency that investigates plane crashes, blamed the metal shard.



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