On this day 17 years ago the Air France Concorde #AF4590 crashed near Roissy

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Air France Flight 4590 was a chartered international flight from Paris, France, to New York City, on the Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde.

On 25 July 2000, at 16:43 CET, the aircraft serving the flight (registration F-BTSC) ran over debris on the runway during takeoff, blowing a tyre and puncturing a fuel tank; the subsequent fire and engine failure caused the aircraft to crash into a hotel in nearby Gonesse two minutes after takeoff, killing all 109 (100 passengers and nine crew) aboard and four in the hotel, with another person in the hotel being critically injured.

The flight was chartered by German company Peter Deilmann Cruises, and the passengers were on their way to board the cruise ship MS Deutschland in New York City for a 16-day cruise to Manta, Ecuador. This was the only fatal Concorde accident during its 27-year operational history.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_France_Flight_4590

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