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Private memorial service marks fifth anniversary of Concorde crash.


A private memorial ceremony was held yesterday (25 July) by the families of the 113 people killed in the crash of an Air France Concorde.

The ceremony marked the fifth anniversary of the accident and it was attended by about 100 relatives of the victims as well as by Air France executives. The participants laid flowers at a memorial at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport close to the spot where the aircraft crashed shortly after take-off.

It was later concluded through an investigation that the Concorde crashed after one of its tyres was punctured by a metal strip allegedly left on the runway by a Continental Airlines aircraft. Pieces of rubber were sent flying into the fuel tank and ignited it, The Associated Press reported.

Both British Airways and Air France grounded their Concorde aircraft after the crash.

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Date:Jul 26, 2005
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