(Reuters) - The trial of U.S. carrier Continental Airlines and five individuals begins on Tuesday over the 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people.
The defendants, including the man who oversaw development of the Franco-British supersonic airliner, will be charged with involuntary manslaughter. Following is a timeline on the Concorde.
March 2, 1969 - Concorde makes its maiden flight when the French-built 001 prototype takes off from Toulouse, France. British prototype 002 makes its maiden flight a month later.
Jan 21, 1976 - British Airways begins its first regular Concorde service from London to Bahrain. Air France begins a service from Paris to Rio de Janeiro.
May 24, 1976 - Concorde begins flights to Washington from London and Paris.
Nov 22, 1977 - After two years of legal wrangling, Concorde begins regular commercial flights to New York from London and Paris.
April 20, 1979 - The 16th and last production Concorde makes its first flight.
Nov 1, 1980 - British Airways terminates its Concorde service to Bahrain and Singapore due to lack of demand.
March 1985 - Concorde breaks the speed record from London to Cape Town, covering the 6,000 miles in eight hours and eight minutes, three hours faster than a Boeing 747 in 1977.
April 14, 1989 - British air safety officials order checks on all the British Concorde fleet after one plane loses half its rudder over the Tasman Sea but lands safely. It is the first major incident in more than 20 years of flying.
March 21, 1992 - A BA Concorde loses a large section of its upper rudder during a flight from London to New York.
Feb 7, 1996 - Concorde makes its fastest transatlantic crossing in 2 hours 52 minutes and 59 seconds, beating its own record set in 1990 by one minute 30 seconds.
July 24, 2000 - British Airways says it has detected cracks in the wings of its seven Concordes, causing one plane to be grounded, but says there is no danger to passengers.
July 25, 2000 - An Air France Concorde crashes just after takeoff from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, killing all 109 on board and four people on the ground.
Nov 7, 2001 - Concorde returns to service with transatlantic flights resuming from London and Paris.
Nov 27, 2002 - Part of one of Concorde’s four rudders falls off during a British Airways flight from London to New York. The flight lands safely and no injury was caused.
Feb 19, 2003 - An Air France Concorde carrying 56 people to New York from Paris makes emergency landing in Halifax, Nova Scotia, after an engine malfunction.
Feb 26, 2003 - British Airways says reviewing possible retirement of Concorde.
Oct 24, 2003 - British Airways runs its last commercial flight when 100 celebrities, VIPs and reporters flew from New York to London. Air France retired its fleet in May.
November 26, 2003 - Concorde returns to Bristol on its very last flight from London’s Heathrow.
Dec 14, 2004 - A judicial investigation into the 2000 crash concludes that a piece of metal left on the runway from a Continental flight caused one of the Air France Concorde’s tires to burst on takeoff and send debris into an engine.
March 12, 2008 - A French public prosecutor asks judges to bring manslaughter charges against U.S. carrier Continental Airlines over the 2000 crash of Concorde.
February 2, 2010 - Continental and five individuals go on trial facing charges of involuntary manslaughter.
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