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, over the last year i just have dismissed it, like it didn't happen, but now i realize, and just how Sad and Ironic it really was
I had just come home from School, It was hot and sunny. I switched on CNN and there was suddenly a pause, and then on came the reporters claiming that an aircraft had aborted Takeoff at CDG. This was about 4:10pm. Slowly the story started unravelling. At first they believed it was an AF A320 but it quickly changed to Concorde.
I just couldn't believe it, a mistake, surely. Concorde can't crash, its Concorde. Then at about 4:30pm some news footage came through and i saw the huge amount of wreckage. We were told that There were a number of Casualtys, but i saw from the wreckage that no one could have survived.
As the Afternoon went on it became clearer and clearer what had happened, in the next couple of days i was shocked to see the film footage of the Concorde Struggling to climb with a huge ploom of Fire and Black smoke coming out of the Engines.
Just 6 days later (1 August) i was on my way to Australia, it didn't scare me one bit.
It was also the last time i ever saw Concorde in flight. We saw 3 at the maintenence hangar at LHR and assumed they'd been grounded. But while holding for 27L Concorde taxyed past us and took off, it was quite incredible to watch the aircraft Burn down the runway like that.
I didn't hear that they'd been grounded until i got back on the 22nd August, when i saw 6 at the maintenance hangar.