Fatal Concorde Events
The following events are those involving at least one passenger death where the aircraft flight had a direct or indirect role. Excluded would be events where the only passengers killed were stowaways, hijackers, or saboteurs.
- 25 July 2000; Air France Concorde near Paris, France:
The aircraft was on a charter flight from Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris to JFK airport in New York.
Shortly before rotation, the front right tire of the left landing gear ran over a strip of metal which had fallen off of another aircraft.
Pieces of the damaged tire were thrown against the aircraft structure.
There was a subsequent fuel leak and major fire under the left wing.
Shortly afterwards, power was lost on engine number two and for a brief period on engine number one. The aircraft was neither able to climb nor accelerate, and the crew found that the landing gear would not retract. The aircraft maintained a speed of 200 kt and an altitude of 200 feet for about one minute. The crew lost control of the aircraft and crashed into a hotel in the town of Gonesse shortly after engine number one lost power for the second time. All 100 passengers and nine crew members were killed. Four people on the ground were also killed.
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