Needless of me to say, my least favorite photo of Concorde. However, it is an important one and one I must talk about. On the 25th of July 2000, Concorde F-BTSC crashed in Gonesse, France with 109 passengers on board. The crash occurred shortly after takeoff from Charles de Gaulle Airport. After the aircraft lost control, it slammed into a hotel killing an additional 4 on the ground. Of the Concorde pilots I've learned from, and the Concorde engineers I've spoken to, I refuse to believe Concorde was a dangerous aircraft. It is a well-known "secret" in the Concorde community that pilot error and poor maintenance played serious roles in the accident. One day I will produce an article breaking down the crash, as I have to resources for it. However, for now, I encourage my followers to tap the link in my bio for a quick read on the crash. Continue reading below for a brief history of F-BTSC.
In loving memory of the 113 individuals killed in the crash. #RIP #AF4590 #AirFrance
During the 1970's, air disaster films were among one of the many popular genres of movies. Airport '79 became the 4th and final film of the Airport franchise. In the final film, Concorde starred as the crippled aircraft. At the time, the aircraft was not owned by Air France. This Concorde is F-BTSC, and was originally suppose to go to Pan Am before the US over-land supersonic flight ban. She was the heaviest of all the Air France Concordes. In 1976, Air France leased F-BTSC until their other aircraft were to be delivered. A year later in 1977, she would participate in a tour through the Middle East for sales. This tour peaked IranAir's interest. In 1979, she starred in the 70's disaster film, Airport '79. She was then again stored until 1980, later to be bought by Air France for 1 symbolic Franc. She was finally stored again in 1982, later to return to service in 1986. She carried Pope John Paul II and broke one world record that still has yet to be broken. Unfortunately, the aircraft was involved in a crash that killed all 109 occupants on board and 4 people on the ground. The remains of the aircraft are stored at Le Bourget.