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Where Were You When Concorde Crashed?  
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11963 posts, RR: 41
Posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

I'm asking this question, though there is a risk it has been discussed before;
Where were you, and what were you doing when you found out about the Concorde crash, July,25th,2000?

Me; I was in England, newcastle in the kitchen of the house I lived in, when my sister, who was watcing the telly, told me to come quick, "Concorde has crashed!". I walked calmly into the living room and saw a wreck of a plane on the ground and said: " No that's not concorde, it's probably another airliner." I thought to myself, Concorde can't crash.

I waited for the news reporter to identify the wreck as a boeing or airbus to proove my sister wrong, but suddenly the word Concorde was mentioned. I changed the chanel, and again there was a picture of a wreck with the text "Concorde disaster" under it.

I couldn't believe it, and it took days/weeks to get over the fact that concorde had actually gone down, killing 113 people.

I will never forget that day.  Crying Passengers, crew and people on the ground who were killed, RIP.


"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
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User currently offlineTca256 From Belgium, joined Dec 1999, 729 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2450 times:

curious question....

I was half-sleeping in my hotel's room in Turkey when
I have been awaken by BBC TV broadcasting a
breaking report about the crash...I thought the crew
suffered from a stall situation and the incapacity to
control the plane, i was far to know a part of the tyre
crushed the fuel tanker !!!


User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3740 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

I was in Paris for my job, I just came this day by plane to CDG from SXB.
I felt kind of lucky.

User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

I was in India. a few days earlier (or later - I forget) an Alliance Air 737 crashed in India as well. Not a good month for aviation.


User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3081 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2426 times:

I was at work in the computer lab, and right after seeing the topic "Concorde Crash" show up on this forum the fire alarm went off in the building. Strange day.

User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25347 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2419 times:

At home. Earlier though I had flown over Paris in a Spanair md83 from PMI-NCL.

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineVincent32 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2417 times:

I was on vacation in Victoria, BC-Canada. I walked into my hotel room and turned on the TV to see a plane shooting out flames and my jaw dropped when I realized what plane it was. Sad day, hopefully we'll see them fly again though.

User currently offlineSPRINGBOK From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 192 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

I was driving my car and caravan along the motorway past Plymouth, UK on the way to catch the ferry for a 24hr crossing to Bilbao for 4 weeks on the costa del sol.
It was a hurrendous and shocking news report, i shall never forget that day!

User currently offlineOH-LZA From Finland, joined Jun 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2409 times:

At home in Helsinki, Finland, surfing the Internet.


User currently offlineHustler From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 325 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

I was at school. I got the news in my pager. I quickly got out of class and went to the Library to check the news at cnn.com.

It was terrible. I got butterflies in my stomach.


User currently offlineMD-11 forever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2401 times:

I was in Toulouse, just returning from a visit to the space museum there when the taxi driver told me about the terrible news......

User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2398 times:

In the living room, about to eat a chip, watching BBC News 24.

Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2392 times:

I was at University, surfing the internet (I didn´t get the news from this site, though).
BTW: This is the original very first thread about the crash, initiated 331 minutes after it happened:


Daniel Smile

User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4578 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2377 times:

I was in Portugal that week for a business meeting later that week, and after sunbathing and swimming tuesday and sleeping unaware of anything in my TV-less hotel, I went to Faro the day after the crash by train to spot at the airport and try to find a Constellation wreck. Ironically, "Faro" (once a Martinair DC-10 crashed there) already was a black word for any Dutch spotter. On Faro trainstation, I saw the photo of the burning Concorde on a Portuguese newspaper in a newsstand, with in Portuguese '114 muerto a ecrashanda Concorde' or something. My heart stood still and I immediately knew it must have been an Air France machine. I hope I don't insult any AF personnel now. I rushed to newsshops with English papers and bought some.

nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineNW-ELITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

I was on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas watching it on tv in my cabin.

User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2566 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2372 times:

I was in a holiday villa in the pool when my friend called me urgently to the TV room. It was a hot day, but I suddenly found myself shivering.

User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4748 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2371 times:

I was in a hotel in Denver, I had just gone to see Sting play at Red Rocks. Anyways, my girlfriend and I were leaving the hotel in the morning and it was on the front page of the newspaper in the lobby. Needless to say I didnt feel much like flying, so we drove from Denver to Houston that day


User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1187 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2375 times:

I was in France at the time, taking a course in Tours, which is maybe 100 or 150 kilometers away from Paris. At the moment of the crash, I was probably at my course's institute (or AWOL from it). I heard about the crash in a day or two.
But Thomas, any aircraft can crash. Accept that as a fact of life. Concorde is maybe not as solid as people think. A spotter at CDG told me days later that he had seen emegrency vehicles around one Concorde, but that no accident was reported after.

User currently offline456 From Netherlands, joined Feb 2001, 332 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2371 times:

I was at Las Vegas, on a holiday from the Netherlands to californie.
When i was on the way back to Holland, i heard at LAX (2 weeks later) that some planes from alaska airlines were not allowed to fly due to technical problems, because one of them was crashed.

Luckily i flew KLM  Big grin

User currently offlineJkat From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2366 times:

I was in Amsterdam going to my soccer game (I was in a youth tournament) I picked up a dutch newspaper on our bus and saw it. We had left Paris the day before and drove through Gonesse at least 4 times during the week we were there.

User currently offlineJkat From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (14 years 11 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

any word when they'll be back in the air?

User currently offlineTeej13 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (14 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2350 times:

At work in Dublin, when I got an email from a friend back home in Canada of all places, saying it was on T.V.. Then I tuned onto the web and went straight here!

User currently offlineEjFN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (14 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2348 times:

I wasn't into that plane for sure
Poor people
Lets keep ourselves praying for them

User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (14 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2348 times:

I was at a music camp in Carmel Valley, CA. The reason I make mention of this is because I didn't find out about the crash until I returned home...five days after the accident!

In fact, I think I made mention of the Concorde's perfect safety record during a conversation with someone at the camp. Obviously, we had no way of knowing what was going on in the rest of the world.

User currently offlineEarly Air From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 611 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (14 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2343 times:

I was out and when I arrived home my father informed me that a concored had crashed. I was shocked. I could not believe him, I read the newspaper article and then went online to gather more information.

Early Air

25 Hkgspotter1 : I too was in Las Vegas, I just came from the Airliners Convention 2000 in Phoenix. This was the first thing I heard, my first morning in Vegas.
26 Post contains images Superfly : I was on a lunch break from work downtown San Francisco when I found out. A girl who I approached that I thaught was kind of hot told me all about it.
27 ILOVEA340 : I feel for you man... I was in Richmond Virginia on vacation and was watching the local evening news.
28 GiantJets : I was in Koh Samui, and saw on the news at the hotel, after we went kayaking that day.
29 Corey777 : I was at the public library in Pierre checking my email when I noticed the headline on the MSN page. I had to go back to work soon after and didn't ge
30 Sukhoi : I was at the Farnborough airshow. Regards Paul
31 Pacific : I was in Manila.. My uncle subscribes to the "Philippine Star" so when I picked it up and saw it, I just couldn't believe it! Pacific
32 Reggaebird : Hi there, I was shagging in a barn down in lovely Windhoek, Namibia when suddenly......... Just kidding...I was sitting at my desk at work when a goo
33 Tim : I was asleep down here in Australia. Woke up and heard it on the news on the radio. Thought I was dreaming. tim
34 Hole_courtney : I was in Arlington Virginia visiting Washington D.C. when my mother came into the room and said that the concorde had crashed. I thought it was b.s. b
35 DELL_dude : I was online... I heard about it first from FOX NEWS!
36 B-HOP : I woke up in the morning in Hong Kong, and suddenly, the morning newsreporter said the Concorde crash, I was shocked and rush to buy a paper
37 VgnAtl747 : I was in england- it was the day before we came back to the US. My mom flies bad anyway- the Concorde crash lass than 12hrs before we flew back didn't
38 Docpepz : The second it crashed, it was probably 3am in Singapore and I was most certainly asleep. The local English paper, The Straits Times, ran a story about
39 AirT85 : I was in PIttsburgh n my grandma's house. I was downstairs getting ready to go out when she called me upstairs and told me to run. went into the backr
40 Thom@s : Thanks for replying everyone. Superfly, you wouldn't happen to know where I could find the "video" shot of the concorde? (Sounds sick to want to see i
41 VirginLover : I was on the LIRR coming home from NYC after a long day of doing extra-credit art museum things for my class after the summer. The train was PACKED, I
42 Pcancelli : I was in Mexico on holidays... I remember I rang home and my father said.."have you heard about the plane crash in Paris???". I said "which airline?".
43 Post contains images Wingtak88 : I was in Auckland. Just woke up in the hotel room and turned on the Tv, luckily I had CNN channel in that hotel ( I don't have CNN at my home in HK.)
44 An-225 : I was sleeping, when I heard my dad turn on the tv and I heard through my sleep the words, Concorde.... crash... 114 dead. I got up and watched the ne
45 Mfricke : I was on vacation in Elgin, Scotland. I hadn't seen/heard any news until the morning. I went down to the motel lobby, and saw the glaring headlines on
46 Scaredflyer21 : I was sitting on my couch watching MSNBC.
47 Ikarus : I was at Heathrow all day. Only heard about it when coming home (my parents told me on the phone, and at first I barely believed it). I immediately he
48 Post contains images EGGD : This was such a tragic incident, that post just after the crash brings back alot of memorys I think, that has made me come to terms with what happened
49 L-1011-500 : Vacationing and waking up to a beautiful day in Maui, Hawaii...It was early morning when I awoke to news of the first Concorde crash halfway around th
50 Jomama : work
51 Expex : I work at a college security department in southwestern NH (USA). I was dispatching and caught it on CNN.com. You could have knocked me over with a gr
52 WannaBpilot : I was at work, got a call from my sister who told me the news. At that time, the news was pretty sketchy. I presumed it crashed into downtown Paris wi
53 Post contains images Aloha 737-200 : I was at home, sitting on the computer, reading posts on the non_av forum. Didn't even know about it until I turned to the TV and saw "CNN Breaking Ne
54 N400QX : I was literally on the way to the airport... I had just picked up my bags to head out the door when NBC came on with the breaking news screen and anno
55 777gk : I was at the local pizza parlor with my son getting a pie after we played some golf when, as I was handing the cashier the money, my son taps me on th
56 TOMASKEMPNER : I was on DL # 12 : ATL-LGW I get the news when I was on the Convey Express and saw a man reading his newspaper and in the headline was the picture of
57 Crank : I was at home. I woke up in the morning, turned the tv on and than saw "Concorde crash". I couldn't beleive until I saw the video. Bests
58 AM744 : Mexico City as usual, at school. I happened to have access to the Net when it happened so I knew almost immediately when the Altavista search engine r
59 Post contains images Thom@s : Eh...hello again Aloha. I'm sorta happy about the concorde geting back on it's wings. There hasn't been an incident with the airliner since July 25th
60 Singapore 777 : I was on my way to school at 6.15am in the morning when I stole a peek at my dad holding the Straits Times newspaper in the lift which read: CONCORDE
61 Sabena332 : I was at Home with my Parents, later my Cousin came because he want to present me his new Car. After we looking his new Car we went in our House and d
62 Airsicknessbag : Yeah, that stewardess Patrick/Sabena332 talks about actually starred in a feature about how great Concorde is which was aired a few weeks before the
63 Salim : I was in Lebanon, near Jbeil on the water side when my father caled me to tell me what happend. He was in paris, at work and he saw that on yahoo Curi
64 GDB : I had finished an early shift at the BA Concorde Engineering operation. While getting ready to go and see a BBC Comedy show being recorded at the TV s
65 Post contains images Sushka : I was sitting in my moms chair at her desk in Samara Russia and I just happened to see the headlines of some internet news company. It didnt even hit
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