The day that Concorde crashed | 25 July

Editorial

Twenty years ago today, Air France Flight 4590 crashed in Paris. During takeoff, the Concorde struck a piece of debris on the runway puncturing the fuel tanks.

The engine failure and flames caused the crew to lose control of the Concorde, resulting in the death of everyone on board as well as a number of people on the ground. The crash of Flight 4590 marked the beginning of the end for one of the world’s few supersonic passenger jets.

© Smithsonian Channel
© National Geographic
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