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|Concorde Flies Again
- Today's test to lead way to autumn service resumption
CONCORDE will take off from Heathrow today for the first time in a year, a major step in the supersonic areoplane's rehabilititation following the Paris crash which led to the deaths of 113 people in 2000.
Civil Aviation Authority inspectors will be on board the flight, scheduled to last for over three hours, ready to test the new safety features that have been developed to avoid a repeat of the disaster that at one time threatened the future of the world's fastest passenger jet.
Last year's crash occurred when debris from a burst tyre broke open fuel tanks, leading to a catastrophic explosion. Engineers have now lined fuel tanks with Kevlar, a high-spec insulating material used in Formula 1 cars.
If the test flight goes well, Concorde is expected to return to service on the London-New York route by the autumn.