- - Sunday, December 5, 2010


Court to rule on Concorde crash

PARIS | A decade after a supersonic Concorde jet crashed in a fiery wreck outside Paris soon after takeoff, killing 113 people, a French court will rule Monday on who, if anyone, is to blame.

The trial that started in February in Pontoise, northwest of Paris, reopened old questions over whether European engineers — or an American company, Continental Airlines — was responsible for the July 2000 crash of the European jet that symbolized elegance in trans-Atlantic air travel.

The verdict is expected sometime after 9:30 a.m. EST Monday.


Off-course satellites plunge into Pacific

MOSCOW | Three Russian satellites crashed into the Pacific Ocean on Sunday after a failed launch, media reported, in a setback to a Kremlin project designed as a rival to widely used U.S. navigation technology.

Russian news agencies reported that the satellites went off course and crashed near Hawaii after blasting off from Russia’s Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.

A spokesman at the space agency Roscosmos could not confirm media reports but said the satellites had deviated from their planned course after a Proton-M rocket launcher malfunctioned.

“It was an unplanned situation,” said the spokesman. He declined to give further details.

Interfax news agency quoted an aerospace industry source as saying that the carrier veered from course, bringing the upper part of the rocket with the satellites into an incomplete orbit and causing them to fall back into the atmosphere.


Suspected anarchists among 6 arrested

ATHENS | Police in Greece have arrested six people — two of them suspected radical anarchists — after finding a large haul of guns and explosives in various hide-outs, officials said Sunday.

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