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Families' 10-year Concorde vigil

Families of passengers killed in the Concorde jet 10 years ago joined together in a field near Paris.

Some 100 family members, witnesses of the crash and Air France officials attended ceremonies Sunday marking 10 years since the plane crashed after takeoff from Charles de Gaulle Airport, ploughing into a hotel in the Paris suburb of Gonesse.

Air France flew in family members from Germany, where most of the victims were from, and gave them flowers to place at a monument in Gonesse.

One couple clenched hands as they looked at the monument, made of transparent glass with a piece of an aeroplane wing jutting through it. Families laid flowers as officials spoke briefly at the ceremony.

Afterward, relatives of the dead went behind the monument, wandering the field where the plane crashed and where the hotel compound once stood.

After a decade of investigation, a French court held a trial earlier this year in which Houston, Texas-based Continental and two of its employees are accused of manslaughter. The verdict is expected in December. Two French workers have also been charged.


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