Concorde, the world’s first successful supersonic transport aircraft, able to haul to one-hundred passengers, it could fly across the Atlantic at Mach 2.04, twice the speed of sound, making the run in close to three and half hours, the fastest commercial jet ever to carry passengers. After retirement in 2003, the symbol of the 20th Century now stands in multiple museums, and on display, hydraulic fuel leaked, stripped of it’s airworthiness. So how could this happen to an airliner like itself? To answer that question, a flashback to July 25, 2000, the beginning of the end, Air France Flight 4590, starting off in Paris, taking vacationers heading to Ecuador on a charter flight, the way of travel selected was Concorde. During the takeoff roll, flames sprouted from the underside of the airliner, after taking off, Concorde lost control, with the nose pitched upwards, unable to climb, the aircraft stalled, rolling to its left and plummeting to the ground just a few hundred feet down, with a total flight time of around one minute and thirty seconds. The Concorde crashed into a hotel, killing four on the ground, and all one-hundred and nine onboard the airliner. As it’s first Concorde’s first crash, a formal investigation by the French was conducted causing many improvements costing up to one-billion per airliner, helping to end it’s life sooner than expected.
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