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Mori to send messages to Chirac, Schroeder over Concorde.

TOKYO, July 26 Kyodo

Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori will send messages of condolence to French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder over Tuesday's crash of an Air France Concorde aircraft in which 113 people died, Mori's spokesman said Wednesday.

Mori will send the messages later in the day, Kazuhiko Koshikawa, deputy press secretary to Mori, told a news conference.

One of Air France's six Concorde planes, the world's only supersonic aircraft in commercial service, crashed just outside Paris shortly after takeoff Tuesday, killing all 109 people on board and four others on the ground.

The plane was on a chartered flight bound for New York with nine French crew members and 100 passengers -- 96 German tourists on a two-week trip to South America, two Danes, an American and an Austrian.

Until Tuesday's crash, the Concorde -- seven of which are also operated by British Airways -- had a perfect safety record since its introduction in 1969.
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