The jet ploughed into a motel near the town of Gonesse, about 10 miles north of Paris. All people on board the Air France flight as well as four people on the ground were killed. All but four of the passengers were German tourists heading to New York to join a luxury cruise to the Caribbean. There was one Briton on board. Nine French crew members also died. Judges accepted the conclusions of a official accident report into the crash, which blamed a strip of metal left by a DC run by Continental that had taken off from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport just before the Concorde took to the skies.
Second Edition Now Available. As it neared takeoff speed, the Concorde struck a thin metal strip on the runway, causing one of its tires to burst. The strip had fallen from the underside of a Continental Airlines DC that had departed minutes earlier, bound for Houston. Gases from the engines then ignited leaking fuel, touching off a huge fire. The crew wrestled the crippled jet into the air, but lost control moments later, slamming into a hotel. All passengers and crew perished, as did four people on the ground.
On 25 July at UTC , 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 people aboard and four more people in the hotel, with another person in the hotel critically injured. The aircraft was purchased by Air France on 6 January The aircraft's last scheduled repair took place on 21 July , four days before the accident; no problems were reported during the repair. At the time of the crash, the aircraft had flown for 11, hours and had made 4, take-off and landing cycles.
A INCH metal strip suspected of having caused the tyre blowout that triggered the Air France Concorde disaster may be from a jet belonging to the American carrier Continental Airlines. A similar piece was found missing from engine cowling on a Continental DC which took off from Charles de Gaulle airport minutes before the July 25 crash which killed people. The part was said not to be vital for the DC's safety. The discovery was made on Saturday when accident investigators examined the jet. The investigators' initial findings suggested that the strip had punctured one of the Concorde's tyres, hurling debris into the wing and piercing the fuel tanks which then burst into flames.