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Concorde Accident

Wed Aug 22, 2001 12:51 pm

Forgive me if I'm asking something that has been explained before.

The accident reportedly was caused by a 10-inch piece of metal that fell off a Continental DC-10.

What part was it exactly?
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RE: Concorde Accident

Wed Aug 22, 2001 2:46 pm

I'm sure this thread is in the archives somewhere, but it was a piece of one of the Continental DC-10's thrust reversers. I don't know exactly what part, but it was large enough to cause damage to the Concorde's tyres to the point that at least one of them burst, sending fragments into the fuel tanks in the left wing.
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RE: Concorde Accident

Wed Aug 22, 2001 4:17 pm

The item in question is called a "rub strip". It's located between the foward cowling and the reverser assembly and acts as padding between the two components. The aircraft in question (ship 067) was retired from service some months ago, but the reverser assembly was removed from the aircraft not long after the event and has be under lock and key ever since.
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RE: Concorde Accident

Wed Aug 22, 2001 4:52 pm

It had been added during a repair. It had not been done correctly as it fell off, but more importantly The Rub strip had been made out of titanium, a very strong metal, alo when concorde's tyre came into contctact with it; it instantly shreded the tyre.

If it had been made in the correct material (Alumninum) Concorde would just have rode over it possibly causing a small burst, but not the complete disentergrated on the tyre; as one person said the titainum cutting through the highly stressed rubber of the tyre was like a hot knife through butter
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RE: Concorde Accident

Wed Aug 22, 2001 9:04 pm

Thanks for your info and for explaining in terms a non-mechanic can understand!

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