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Wednesday, 26 July, 2000, 03:39 GMT 04:39 UK
Picture that shocked the world
Concorde before crash
Andras Kisgergely's picture was the one every news service wanted
Photographs of planes actually crashing are rare.

Often such catastrophes occur in remote regions, at night or over oceans.

And even if a plane goes down near a populated area, there is unlikely to be someone with a camera handy at the split second disaster strikes.

But Andras Kisgergely's picture of the Air France Concorde trailing fire as it crashed near Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport has been seen around the world.

Every British national newspaper carried the photograph on its front page on Wednesday, and for the world's news websites, Mr Kisgergely's image was the one which summed up the disaster.

But Mr Kisgergely isn't a press photographer - he's a 20-year old Hungarian student, who is fascinated by planes.

He just happened to be on the spot when the tragedy occurred - Reuters news agency snapped up his picture and his hobby put him on the front pages.

Thousands of planes

Too poor to afford air travel himself, Mr Kisgergely tours Europe by car, visiting airports and photographing planes.

Paris was one stop on a three-week summer tour with his friend Szabolcs Szalmasi - taking in Berlin, Frankfurt and Zurich.

In each city, the two engineering students from Budapest's Technical University ignore the popular tourist sights and head straight for the airport.

The two have amassed a collection of thousands of pictures, since Mr Szalmasi first became obsessed with planes at the age of 12, when he lived near an airport.

They both hope to work at airports when they graduate.

This isn't the first time Mr Kisgergely has seen an air crash.

He was at the 1999 airshow in the Slovak capital Bratislava, when a Hawk 100 military aircraft failed to complete a manoeuvre and crashed.

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