Re: Air France Concorde crashes after departing Paris CDG

Date:         23 Mar 2001 17:40:06 
From:         don@news.daedalus.co.nz (Don Stokes)
Organization: Daedalus Consulting
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Malcolm Weir  <malc@gelt.org> wrote:
>All indications are that the thing was flyable in the sense that it was
>above the control speeds for its configuration.  It lacked the speed to
>climb, though.

Nope.  For most of the flight, one of the port side engines was
producing some power, albeit well below capacity due to damage.  When
that engine finally failed, the aircraft no longer had suffient power,
at which point the aircraft stalled, yawing toward the port side and
rolling over, and crashed.

The crew did very well to get the plane on an emergency approach to Le
Bourget on only 2 and a bit engines, but with the loss of the bit, the
physics of the situation was against them.

-- don