Concorde Flight 4590: Final Moments Before Crash

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The Concorde, loaded with fuel for the trans-Atlantic flight, went down shortly after takeoff, crashing near the town of Gonesse, about 10 miles north of Paris, at 4:44 pm local time. All 109 people on board were killed. Three children were among the passengers. Four people in a local hotel on died, with a dozen people on the ground injured. A French judge ordered Continental Airlines and five people to stand trial for manslaughter in connection with the horrific crash of a Concorde jet that killed 113 people eight years ago in France, a prosecutor said July 2008. Two of the people to be tried are employees of Continental, the prosecutor in the Paris suburb of Pontoise said in a statement. Two others were employed by Aerospatiale, the maker of Concorde and the precursor of plane-maker Airbus. The fifth is an employee of the French civilian aviation authority. The No2 main gear wheel tyre is missing after the explosive burst and that un-burnt fuel is flowing from the ruptured tank. A few feet from the tank around the engine area the fuel appears to be being ignited from the fuel that is already burning. The initial cause of the ignition is believed to be from sparks derived from shorted wiring in the landing gear bay area. French investigators blamed a titanium strip on the runway from a Continental Airlines DC-10, which took off just before the luxury jet. John Taylor, a mechanic who allegedly fitted the non-standard strip is to stand trial for manslaughter. The titanium

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