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Sunday, 29 October, 2000, 10:21 GMT
Concorde 'could fly again by spring'
concorde
British Airways plans to resume services in March or April
Concorde could be back in the air by spring, according to Britain's aviation authority.

British Airways (BA) has announced plans to resume services in March or April after working on safety modifications.

A spokeswoman for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Sunday that the supersonic plane could "quite possibly" fly again by the spring.

BA and Air France fleets were grounded in July when 113 people were killed as the Air France Concorde crashed shortly after leaving Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.


We're doing everything we can to get the aircraft safely back into the sky

British Airways

The CAA has been meeting regularly with BA since the crash to discuss manufacturing modifications that would allow the regulatory body to reinstate Concorde's certificate of airworthiness.

The spokeswoman said the meetings were progressing well and BA would receive the safety certificate "provided we are happy with the modifications and they're put through production and tested".

A senior BA official said the airline was "prepared to go first" if Air France dragged its feet over the relaunch.

A spokeswoman for the airline added that executives were confident it would be "in the not-too-distant future".

"We're doing everything we can to get the aircraft safely back into the sky," she said.

Tougher inspections

"The manufacturers are looking at a range of technical modifications and operating measures but the proposals are still being developed and tested."

The Paris crash is believed to have been caused by a strip of metal on the runway which burst a tyre.

Fragments of the tyre, moving at very high speeds, ripped through the jet's fuel tank.

Modifications will centre on new tyres, strengthening of fuel tanks and pipes and tougher inspections on wheels and tyres.

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