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Air France Concorde Crashes In Paris After Take-Off
Shortly after take-off on July 25, 2001 an Air France Concorde crashed into the hotel Hotelissimo killing all 109 onboard and four on the ground. The plane was leaving Paris enroute to New York when the two left engines burst into flames.
This was the first crash of a Concorde in its twenty five years of service. Following the crash and during the investigation all 12 remaining jets were grounded. The investigation determined that a piece of metal on the runway burst one of the Concorde's high pressure tires. The rubber from the tire ruptured a fuel tank on the left wing and caused a fire.
After almost two months on the ground Concordes were retrofitted with armour plating on the undercarriage, tough new tires and bullet-proof lining for the fuel tanks and flights resumed in October.
Source: Washington Post
Posted: 2002-02-21 11:20:42 AM
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