VARIOUS: GERMAN LAWYERS REPRESENTING RELATIVES OF CONCORDE CRASH VICTIMS COMMENT ON LEGAL PROCEEDINGSRecord ID: 383708
- Title: VARIOUS: GERMAN LAWYERS REPRESENTING RELATIVES OF CONCORDE CRASH VICTIMS COMMENT ON LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
- Date: 14th September 2000
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 14, 2000) (REUTERS) 1. MV GERMAN LAWYERS REPRESENTING RELATIVES OF THE CONCORDE CRASH VICTIMS ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE; SLV NEWS CONFERENCE (3 SHOTS) 0.21 2. SOUNDBITE (German) ELMAR GIEMULLA, BERLIN-BASED LAWYER SAYING "There is no corporate compensation for damages in Germany and if this Concorde case would have to be dealt with only under German law compensation (for the relatives) would be close to zero. There is no compensation for the relatives sorrow. There is material compensation for maintenance. If you look at the passenger list aboard the Concorde you will notice that their relatives are almost all adults who are not entitled to maintenance. All that is left then is the macabre right to have the bodies retrieved and burried - and maybe the newspaper death notice. Is this a decent compensation for such a catastrophe." 5. SLV NEWS CONFERENCE 1.12 NEAR PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - JULY 25, 2000) (REUTERS NO LIBRARY USE) 3. SCU STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF FLAMING CONCORDE IMMEDIATELY BEFORE CRASH 1.18 GONESSE, NEAR PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - JULY 25, 2000)(POOL) 4. AERIALS OF CRASH SITE 1.29 GONESSE, NEAR PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - JULY 26, 2000) (REUTERS) 5. HAS RESCUE WORKERS CARRYING AWAY BODIES (3 SHOTS) 1.49 LE BOURGET AIRPORT, FRANCE (AUGUST 16, 2000) (REUTERS) 6. SLV CONCORDE IN A HANGAR/ MV/SCU CONCORDE WHEEL (4 SHOTS) 2.07 LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 16 2000)(ITN - NO ACCESS BBC/BSKYB/ABC (Aust)/TVNZ/CO.UK SITES) 7. SLV CONCORDE STANDING AT HEATHROW AIRPORT/TECHNICIANS WORKING ON LANDING GEAR; AV BRITISH AIRWAYS CONCORDES IN HANGAR/ON TARMAC (3 SHOTS) 2.33 LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE)(ITN - NO ACCESS BBC/BSKYB/ABC (Aust)/TVNZ/CO.UK SITES) 8. LV CONCORDE LANDING 2.42 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY / LE BOURGET; GONESSE; PARIS, FRANCE / LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: England United Kingdom France Germany
- Duration: 00:02:42
- Story Text: German lawyers representing relatives of the Concorde
crash victims said that if negotiations with Air France and
others failed they would prepare for legal proceedings.
The lawyers, speaking at a news conference in Berlin
Thursday (September 14), represent relatives of the victims
killed in the July 25 crash near Paris.
A total of 113 people died, most of them German tourists,
when the New York-bound Air France Concorde crashed in Gonesse
shortly after takeoff.
One lawyer revealed they were considering legal action
against tyre manufacturer Goodyear and Continental Airlines.
"These preparations will be against possible further
parties responsible for the accident such as tire manufacturer
Goodyear and Continental Airlines. We are considering (to
include) the French state as the one which licensed the
plane," said lawyer Ulrich von Jeinsen.
Preliminary results of the French investigation into the
accident point to a piece of debris from a Continental jet as
a possible cause of the Concorde's ruptured fuel tank.
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