Air France Concorde makes second test flight


An Air France Concorde supersonic jet completed its second successful test flight since one of the aircraft crashed over a year ago killing 113 people, an airline spokesman said today.

The spokesman said the simulations were dropped after the crew was told that civil aviation authorities did not consider the exercises a condition for allowing Concorde to fly again.

The two exercises were not necessary, the spokesman said. They preferred to concentrate their attention on a test that would resemble a normal flight.

Air France conducted its first Concorde test flight on Friday - including a brief spell at supersonic speed - to check modifications made to the aircraft aimed at getting back its licence and resuming commercial flights.

The modifications include stronger fuel tanks and tougher tyres.