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DISASTER ON CONCORDE: VICTIMS OF AF4590; Three generations of one family wiped out.

MOTHERS, fathers, sons, daughters...they were all victims of the Concorde disaster that left 113 dead.

Three generations of one family were wiped out in the tragedy.

German property magnate Andreas Schranner, 64, his wife Maria, 62, their daughter Andrea Eich, 38, her husband Christian, 57, and their children Katharina, eight, and Maximilian, 10, all perished in the blazing jet.

The oldest of the 113 victims was 91 - the youngest just seven.

Society photographer Christian Goetz, 60, and his wife Irene Vogt-Goetz, 59, had both conquered cancer and had booked the trip to celebrate a new life together. Another victim was Bundesliga football trainer Rudi Fassnacht, 66, and his wife Sigrid, 63, from Cologne.

Postmistress Doris Maldry, 68, was with her husband Rolf, 64. Friends said she saved for years to pay for the trip.

As grieving relatives of the dead attended church services in Germany and France yesterday, the French Accident Investigation Bureau revealed that the pilot of the doomed jet, Christian Marty, had reported problems with two engines as he took off and said he could not retract the undercarriage.

His co-pilot was Jean Marcot, who broke the round-the-world flying record in Concorde in 1992 in a time of 33 hours one minute.

As the last of the charred bodies was removed from the crash site yesterday, the owner of the hotel flattened by the jet told of her miraculous escape.

Badly-burned Michele Fricheteauin, 46, was working in the reception at the Hotelissimo in Gonesse, north of Paris.

She said: "There was an unbelievably big bang and a wall of flame flashed into my face.

"I somehow struggled through the debris and I just ran and ran."

In Britain Concorde's former chief test pilot Brian Trubshaw cancelled two signing sessions in Gloucestershire of his book Concorde - The Inside Story.
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Author:Mcgurran, Aidan; Hall, Allan
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 28, 2000
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