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Archive Story : 16-08-01

Manufacturers Submit Results to Authorities to start re-certifiaction process

British aviation authorities were on Wednesday 15th awaiting a request from Concorde's manufacturers to certify the supersonic aircraft as fit to take passengers again. Just over a year after a Concorde crashed near Paris killing 113 people on board and on the ground, manufacturers are hoping a series of modifications to the plane will enable it to return to the skies. A spokesman for Britain's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said they expected to receive the request Wednesday.

"At some stage today we are expecting the details of the modifications and the supporting data as well,"

France's civil aviation body DGAC said Tuesday that it had received reports from the manufacturers wanting the airworthiness certificate restored, without which the aircraft cannot fly.

The CAA spokesman said the aviation bodies would give a common reply. He refused to say how long that might be. "It will take as long as it takes and obviously we will do it in conjunction with the DGAC as well." British Airways has seven Concordes. Air France, the only other airline to fly them, has five. All were grounded after the July 25 crash.

If the authorities are satisfied with what is being done, they will issue airworthiness directives that must be carried out on each aircraft before it an again carry passengers. These directives have already been carried out on G-BOAF and are in progress on other aircraft from British Airways and Air France

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