Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Concorde trial begins in France

Air France Concorde flight 4590 takes off from Charles de Gaulle airport outside Paris with fire trailing from its engine on the left wing. The plane crashed shortly after take-off, killing all 109 people aboard and four others on the ground. For nearly a decade, investigators have argued that the jet never would have crashed if a Continental Airlines DC-10 hadn't dropped a piece of titanium onto the runway minutes before the supersonic craft took off. That finding will go up for debate at a long-awaited trial on the crash, which began Feb. 2 after a decade of investigations.

(Photo by Toshihiko Sato / Associated Press / July 25, 2000)

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