2002-11-09 / Community

Weiner: ‘Ground Concorde’

Weiner: ‘Ground Concorde’

Representative. Anthony Weiner recently renewed his call to ground the Concorde jet, after an Air France flight plunged 25,000 feet while flying from New York to Paris.  While none of the passengers on board were injured, the cause of the engine failure remains unknown.

  On Monday, an Air France Concorde jet flying over the Atlantic lost one of its four engines, and plummeted from an altitude of 60,000 to 33,000 feet, before stabilizing.  Though shaken up, none of the 67 passengers on board were injured.

  The incident comes approximately three months after another Air France Concorde jet departing from JFK International Airport struggled across the Rockaway Peninsula, in Queens, waking numerous residents and setting off car alarms.  After Rep. Weiner called for a full investigation of the flight, the FAA found that the jet had departed JFK at an unusually slow rate of ascent, and the Port Authority confirmed that it had followed an abnormal flight path.

  Rep. Weiner, a frequent critic of the Concorde, has renewed his call to ground the Concorde for good. 

  "What more has to happen before the Concorde jet is taken out of the air?" said Rep. Weiner. "The Concorde is loud, old and unreliable and it is long past time to take away its wings."

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