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Sunday, 14 July, 2002, 15:02 GMT 16:02 UK
In pictures: Supersonic jet crash
A scale model of a plane intended to fly twice as fast as Concorde crashes into the ground shortly after taking off as it is tested at a former rocket-testing range in South Australia.

The model plan before and during launch
The plane was launched on the back of a booster rocket (AFP/AP)

Rocket in flight
It soon began to veer off course

Booster tumbling to earth
The booster began to spiral out of control

Booster falling to earth
Soon it was heading straight towards the ground

Booster falling top earth
Just before it hit the booster was clearly visible

Booster explodes on impact
It exploded on impact

Booster explodes
Debris was blasted out across the desert

Smoke over launch site
All that was left was a puff of smoke darkening the sky

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The BBC's Red Harrison:
"This was the first practical test"
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