It was 25 July 2000 that Concorde F-TBSC crashed after takeoff from CDG
. This tragedy was the beginning of the end for Concorde as a revenue earning airliner, and a blow to Air France that went beyond just losing the prestige of it's highest and fastest flier.
However, in a rather cavalier manner, the authorities responsible for finding out what happened have found a way to blame someone else for the accident. It seems that people are focussing on the composition of a part that was on the Continental DC-10 and caused the blowout that was initiated the horrible series of events that ended with COncorde impacting in front of that small hotel.
I was, and still am not, aware of all the facts, but even a common enthusiast knew that a multiplicity of factors led to the accident. I have included the AFP report that identifies only the foreign (to France) part that was dropped from the aircraft. I will also include some facts that Air France knew about and the magistrates investigating the affair certainly know about so that we can see where the causes of this accident truly are.
(Thanks to my anonymous but highly regarded research department for the facts, and, yes, these are all verifiable with at least two independent sources....go look if you question the facts).
Much about the accident was definitely preventable, and it's surprising that responsible parties at AF
were not fired for negligence!
THE NEGLIGENCE OF
1) NEVER ADDRESSING THE ~29~ PREVIOUS CONCORDE FUEL TANK BREECHES
2) ALLOWING SIERRA CHARLIE TO
OPERATE REVENUE SERVICE ~KNOWING~ THAT
THE AUTOALIGNMENT SPACER WAS MISSING
3) LOADING THE AIRCRAFT WITH A TON MORE FUEL THAN WAS REQUIRED FOR
4) LOADING THE AIRCRAFT WITH 1900 ADDITIONAL POUNDS OF
LUGGAGE ~AFTER THE CoG HAD ALREADY BEEN CALCULATED AND
5) MARTY DECIDING TO
TAKEOFF FROM RUNWAY 24R, ~AFTER THE TOWER ADVISED HIM OF
A STRONG TAILWIND~ WITH MORE THAN ENOUGH TIME TO
6) JARDINAUD SHUTTING DOWN THE #2 ENGINE (a) WITHOUT ASKING FOR
PERMISSION NOR INFORMING THE CAPTAIN UNTIL ASKED AND
(b) WELL BELOW
THE MINIMUM RECOMMENDED AIRSPEED AT
WHICH IT IS
SAFE TO DO
SO... THUS ENSURING IMPACT WITH TERRAIN
...All six of the above items (which all contributed to the end result were completely preventable..
If any one of the items had not occured, the lives of the 113 victims, both in the aircraft and on the ground, could have possibly been spared as an accident is a series of highly improbable events taking place in a nearly impossible sequence that leads to human and or equipment failure and destruction. Here there was a good bit of negligence that contributed to the accident and could have been prevented if complacency and arrogance had not played their roles.
I made the comment that this was the first time that Concorde had been put in this type of danger and the accident could not have been forseen, and was made aware of the following facts.
Concorde suffered 29 separate incidents involving fuel tank punctures from tire debris
THE MOST STARTLING EXAMPLE WAS F-BVFC, WHOSE 1979 TIRE BLOWOUT (DO
), Angola">DUE TO
DEBRIS) WAS SO VIOLENT THAT IT
BLEW A 6ft. CHUNK OF
WING COMPLETELY OFF OF
THE CENTER OF
THE AIRCRAFT... FUEL SPILLED OUT FROM BOTH THE TOP AND
THE WING AT
A RATE NEARLY 4 TIMES MORE VOLUMINOUS THAN THE FUEL LEAK DURING THE DOOMED AF4590.
F-BVFC, THE FUEL NEVER IGNITED, AND
THE PILOTS WERE
THE RADICAL SHIFT IN
CoG LONG ENOUGH TO
DULLES. THE FOLLOWING LINK IS
A PICTURE OF THAT
AFTER THE SAFE LANDING:
All of these facts are verifiable, all I want to know is this...who believes that the French authorities are going to do the right thing here, and who thinks they will take the easy way to salve national pride and lay blame outside France?
Here is a link to the story that set me off (again after a previously deleted post made me wonder) and got me looking for facts.