- Title: FRANCE: SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF AIR CONCORDE CRASH.
- Date: 26th July 2002
- Summary: (W4) PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - 25 JULY 2002) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. STILL PICTURE OF CONCORDE ON FIRE, IN THE AIR 0.05 2. LV/GV: FIREMEN FIGHTING FLAMES AT THE SITE OF THE CRASH (VARIOUS) (8 SHOTS) 0.56 (W4) PARIS, FRANCE (25 JULY 2002) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 3. MV/GV/PAN: SCREEN READING "CONCORDE" AT CONCORDE COUNTER AT CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT; CONCORDE ATTENDANT CHECKING PASSENGERS IN AT COUNTER; FAMILY LINING UP FOR CONCORDE CHECK IN (2 SHOTS) 1.12 4. CU/GV: SCREENS ANNOUNCING CONCORDE FLIGHT DEPARTURE FROM PARIS TO NEW YORK (2 SHOTS) 1.22 5. LV/GV: CONCORDE MOVING ALONG RUNWAY AT CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT (VARIOUS); CONCORDE TAKING OFF (VARIOUS) (5 SHOTS) 2.18 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Duration: 00:02:19
- Story Text: An Air France Concorde has taken off from Paris to New
York on the second anniversary of the fateful day when a
Concorde crashed on take off from Paris.
Two years after the catastrophic crash of a Concorde
into a hotel in the outskirts of Paris, the supersonic jet
continues being the choice of some of the wealthy flyers who
can afford its expensive fares.
On 25 July 2000, 113 people were killed when an Air
France Concorde spilling fuel and fire plunged into a hotel
seconds after take off from Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.
As evidence emerged of serious structural errors in the plane
design, aviation authorities banned it from the skies.
Many feared the plane would never fly again, but after
months of painstaking work to correct the problems, British
Airways and Air France decided to resume the supersonic
airliner's normal service last year.
Families of the victims of the crash - most of whom were
German tourists on a vacation- have travelled to Paris to mark
the second anniversary of the disaster at a private ceremony
at the Airport. Another private gathering will be held at a
church in Paris.
Investigators into the causes of the accident believe one
of the Concorde's tyres burst after running over a stray metal
strip on the runway. The explosion sent rubber debris hurtling
towards fuel tanks, causing a fuel leak and fire. The planes
have now been fitted with tougher tyres and increased fuel
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