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  Concorde takes to the skies again
Updated 07 November 2001, 13.37
Concorde takes off for New York
Concorde has returned to the skies with passengers on board for the first time since more than 100 people died in a crash last year.

Two of the supersonic planes took off for New York, one belonging to British Airways and one to French airline Air France.

Top showbiz names

Sting was one of the celebrities on Concorde
Many of the passengers were big names from showbiz and business, as the airlines try to encourage people back on board.

Millions of pounds have been spent on making Concorde safer after the disaster in France.

Fact File
New safety measures
Bullet-proof linings fitted to fuel tank
New stronger tyres
Stronger undercarriages
In July 2000 an Air France plane burst into flames just after take off. Before it could land it crashed into a hotel, killing 109 people on the plane and four on the ground.

Since then Concorde was banned from flying with passengers, although test flights began in July to make sure it was safe again.

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