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Struggle for control

Struggle for control

The pilot attempts to increase air speed to stabilise Concorde. Little more than a mile from the airport and at an estimated altitude of between 60 and 90m (200ft and 300ft), the pilot makes an attempt to gain altitude.

Pilot: “Engine fire procedure.”

Co-pilot: “Warning, the air speed indicator, the air speed indicator, the air speed indicator.”

The nose rises but Concorde suffers an "airframe stall" - the combination of too sharp an angle, too little speed and therefore too little lift renders the aircraft uncontrollable.

Aircraft instrument: "Whoop whoop pull up"...

Co-pilot: "Le Bourget, Le Bourget, Le Bourget."

Pilot: "Too late (unclear)."

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