The day of the Concorde crash – level 2

25-07-2000

Concorde was a fantastic plane. It was built in 1969. It could fly twice as fast as the speed of sound.

The plane was a symbol of luxury, elegance, and speed. It was able to fly the distance between London and New York in 3 hours. It flew 18 kilometers above the sea.

On July 25, 2000, Concorde was preparing to fly from Paris to New York. Its tire broke during the take-off. Parts of the tire hit the bottom of the plane where the fuel tank was. The tank broke, and a lot of fuel started to pour out of the plane. Then the fuel caught fire, and the plane crashed into a hotel near the airport. No one survived the tragedy.

After the crash, Concorde flights were stopped for many months. The planes were improved and their flights started again for a short time. However, the interest in flights in Concorde was no longer so great, and in October 2003, the flights were stopped forever.

Difficult words: tire (a black ring around the wheel of a car or a plane), fuel (energy for planes and cars), tank (a big container), pour (to go out of a container), improve (to make better).

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