Paris commemoration of Concorde crash

26th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 25 (AFP) - The families of the 113 people killed in the Concorde crash near Paris held memorial services for the fourth anniversary of the disaster at the Charles de Gaulle airport where it occurred and a nearby church Sunday, Air France said.

PARIS, July 25 (AFP) - The families of the 113 people killed in the Concorde crash near Paris held memorial services for the fourth anniversary of the disaster at the Charles de Gaulle airport where it occurred and a nearby church Sunday, Air France said.

Around 100 people gathered to see a wreath placed before a permanent memorial installed at the airport, with some kin making brief speeches.

The families then went to the church for a non-denominational service, said the airline, which owned the fateful supersonic jet. Air France president Jean-Cyril Spinetta attended.

The New York-bound Concorde crashed on take-off at the airport on July 25, 2000, killing all 109 on board and four people on the ground.

A titanium strip that had fallen from another aircraft was found to have shredded one of the jet's tyres, sending it into the fuel tank and starting a fire that brought it down in flames.

The tragedy marked the beginning of the end for Concorde.

Last year, both Air France and British Airways, the two operators of the jointly-designed supersonic plane, ended all Concorde flights and relegated some of the surviving fleet to museums, saying the jet was not financially viable.

© AFP

Subject: French news

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