Concorde Flies On To Perth Without Incident
Apr. 15, 1989
PERTH, Australia (AP) _ A chartered Concorde supersonic jet that lost part of its tail while on a round-the-world trip flew on today to Perth from Sydney - 24 hours behind schedule but without incident.
The Concorde with its 100 American passengers was cruising last Wednesday at about 1,500 mph - about twice the speed of sound - from Christchurch, New Zealand, when a nine-foot chunk of the tail ripped away. The jet landed safely in Sydney as scheduled despite the scare.
There were no problems on today's 1900-mile flight to Perth, on Australia's west coast, an airline spokesman said.
A team of three engineers and two air safety officers flew from London to Sydney on Thursday to repair the luxury British Airways aircraft. The cause of the incident is under investigation.
The aircraft's three-week journey, hosted by American columnist William F. Buckley Jr., began in London on April 1. Passengers paid $39,000 each for the 38,000-mile journey.
The Concorde's next destination is Colombo, Sri Lanka, then on to Africa before returning to London.
Organizers aim to set several commercial speed records during the journey.