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Wednesday, 6 September, 2000, 09:35 GMT 10:35 UK
Concorde 'will fly again'
Air France Concorde, on fire during take-off
The Air France Concorde was on fire during take-off
French Transport Minister Jean-Claude Gayssot says he is convinced that Concorde will fly again after being grounded following the Paris air disaster.

Mr Gayssot said British and French experts would be meeting on Thursday to discuss safety measures that could prevent another crash of the supersonic aircraft.


The Concorde is not finished - it will fly again

Jean-Claude Gayssot
An Air France Concorde crashed into a hotel near Paris on 25 July, killing 113 people.

Air France immediately grounded its five remaining Concordes.

On August 16 the supersonic aircraft's certificate of airworthiness were suspended, forcing British airways to ground its seven aircraft.

Aviation authorities in both countries are expected to ask the plane's manufacturers to propose ways to avoid a recurrence of the disaster.

Mr Gayssot said once this was sorted out, "measures would be taken" to make the Concorde airborne again.

"The Concorde is not finished. If you want my profound conviction - it will fly again," he told France's Europe 1 radio station.

Metal strip

British Airways Concorde
France and Britain have grounded Concordes
Crash investigators announced last week that a metal strip, believed to have triggered off the Concorde crash, may have come from a Continental Airline DC-10 aircraft.

The aircraft passed through Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport shortly before the crash, and is reported to be a missing a metal strip similar to the one found on the ill-fated aircraft's runway.

Investigators of France's Accident Investigation Bureau (BEA) believe the 43 cm (17 inch) metal piece caused on of the tyres of the Concorde to burst.

Shreds from the split tyre then probably pierced a fuel tank or damaged one of its engines, setting off a fire.

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