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Emergency develops

Emergency develops

As Concorde roars westwards from the airport, the smoke is replaced by flames. Some 56 seconds into the flight the control tower radios the pilot and alerts him to flames streaking past the tail-end.

Control Tower: “Concorde zero... 4590, you have flames, you have flames behind you.”

The pilot replies that there is a fault in engine number two, adding that the undercarriage has failed to retract.

As the growing crisis is witnessed from miles around, the flames grow to some 200ft in length - about the same as the aircraft itself. The pilot requests an emergency landing at nearby Le Bourget airport. Engine one on the left-hand wing loses power a second time. Tyre debris is scattered on the ground.

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