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Tuesday, 15 August, 2000, 15:33 GMT 16:33 UK
BA grounds Concorde

British Airways has grounded its fleet of supersonic Concordes after the aviation authorities in Britain and France indicated they were about to suspend the plane's airworthiness certificate.

A spokesman for British Airways said the move was linked to the investigation into last month's crash near Paris of an Air France Concorde in which one-hundred-and-thirteen people were killed.

The spokesman gave no further details.

Initial inquiries into the crash -- the first involving a Concorde -- suggest a strip of metal on the runway may have punctured a tyre as the plane took off, causing debris to enter its engine which then caught fire. Air France's fleet of Concordes has remained grounded while the investigation into the accident continues.

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