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Wednesday, 26 July, 2000, 07:06 GMT 08:06 UK
Crash coverage

Coverage of the aftermath of the crash from the perspective of witnesses, experts, the airline and those in the emergency services.


The crash

BBC correspondents cover the story.

 The BBC's Justin Webb: "A catastrophe unfolding"
 The BBC's Gavin Hewitt reports on the path of the aircraft's tragically short journey.
 The BBC's David Shukman on the Olympus engines at the centre of the inquiry
 The BBC's Simon Montague: "Concorde's engines are right next to each other"
 The BBC's Peter Morgan talks to relatives and neighbours of some of the victims
 The BBC's Robert Hall: "There is a belief that this remarkable aircraft should continue flying"
 The BBC's Philippa Thomas in New York: "A memorial service will be held on the cruiseliner for the missing passengers"
 The BBC's Justin Webb says the pilot reported problems with both left engines during the last seconds of the flight


Witnesses

Among those who saw the plane come down were those staying in hotels close to Charles de Gaulle airport and some travellers in the airport itself.

 Crash survivor Alice Brooking: "How lucky was I?"
 Sid Hare: It was like a mini-atomic bomb
 Julian Pike: There were flames shooting out of the back of the plane



Reaction

 Francois Brousse of Air France says work was done on an engine before take-off

 Spokeswoman Desri Osmer for the German travel agency Peter Deilmann says the passengers were due to be in Sydney in time for the Olympic Games

 Hacan Clearskies chairman John Stewart: "The planes should be grounded"


Experts

Those that have flown the plane and helped build it talk about could have gone wrong.

 Concorde pilot John Hutchinson: "It is a very robust plane"

 Former UK Technology Minister Tony Benn: "I think people will see this in perspective as time goes by"

 Former air accident investigator John Guntrip: "If there was a problem with the engine the aircraft would not have flown"

 Guy Norris of Flight International Magazine: "The inquiry will have to focus on the safety of the basic design"

 Concorde engineer Sir Bob Wall: I would be surprised if cracks in the wings caused this crash

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