The Concorde joins sad list

In their day, the Hindenburg and the Titanic were considered invincible modes of transportation before their legendary demises at the expense of passengers.

Now add the Concorde to the list.

The crash Tuesday in Paris of an Air France Concorde ended the world’s only spotless safety record of commercial air travel. Until the New York-bound plane slammed into a hotel, killing at least 113 people, none of the supersonic transports had ever crashed.

Based on eyewitness accounts of flames spewing from an engine before its fatal plunge, the early indication of the cause of the disaster seems to be mechanical problems. Unless sabotage was involved in this tragedy, supersonic travel will never again be considered virtually off-limits to accidents, as the survivors of the victims can sadly attest.

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