Almanac of the day: July 25, 2000, the Concorde tragedy – Chronicle

Almanac of the day: July 25, 2000, the Concorde tragedy – Chronicle
Almanac of the day: July 25, 2000, the Concorde tragedy – Chronicle

Florence, 25 July 2021 – Il July 25, 2000 went down in history for a plane crash which cost his life to 113 people, e shocked Paris and the whole world. The episode – the first and only accident occurred to this supersonic aircraft – which led to the end of the use of these aircraft until the final retirement in 2003, occurred on the afternoon of July 25, 2000.

Charter flight AF 4590, which took off from Paris ‘Charles de Gaulle’ airport, was bound for New York and crashed a few kilometers after take-off, crashing into a hotel in Gonesse. Of the 113 people who lost their lives, 109 were on the plane and 4 in the hotel.

To cause the accident, and to cause the terrible fire in the tail of the plane, it was blowout of a tire caused by a debris, which ended up damaging the tanks. The tragic episode led to the final farewell to Concorde, owned by the airline Air France, designed in the late 1960s by an Anglo-French consortium.

Which after the Russian Tupolev (retired in 1999), it was the only example of a supersonic transport aircraft, i.e. able to travel to one speed above that of sound, capable, in flight, to reach an average speed of

2,170 kilometers
At that time, more than twice the speed of sound. While the other airliners took about 7 hours for the Paris-New York route, the Concorde succeeded in 3 hours and 40 minutes.

Born today

Gigi Marzullo, born in Avellino (province of Naples) on July 25, 1953, is a television host and journalist. He begins his professional career at the newspaper Il Mattino. “Ask yourself a question and give yourself an answer” is the recurring question that is put to all the guests interviewed on ‘Sottovoce’, the night program that Marzullo hosts on Rai Uno.

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