Naturally enough, I remember that day all too well.
However, while it was a severe blow to the aircraft, the real death knell was the business environment after Sept 11th, BA
too), had their re-launch plans wrecked by that event, chuck in naturally rising costs of supporting such a tiny fleet of unique aircraft, and you have a 'perfect storm'.
But yes, BA
alone must have lost around £30M of expected Concorde revenue during the grounding, add in the £17M of the return to flight mods, neither airline did the difficult, unprecedented mod programme, just to fly another two years.
But the prospect of recouping this in revenue, in the new world after Sept 11th, became suddenly distant, even without all the extra costs.
RIP to all those lost, I don't want myself to go into the ins and outs of the crash itself, it's been done plenty of times since, one 'goundhog day' subject (can it return to flight?-No), on Concorde is enough, for me at least.
Besides, while the technical part of the investigation is long done, the French legal system's judicial part is not, consider how one on an A320 accident in France in 1992, only came to the fore much more recently, in judicial terms.
I've linked it before, but this 12 page piece on the return to flight effort, written in 2002, also illuminates important aspects of the accident, if this subject interests anyone, this is as good a place to start as any;
[Edited 2007-07-25 15:09:34]