You will prepare and submit a term paper on Concorde Air France Flight 4590 Crash. Your paper should be a minimum of 2750 words in length. The crash involved an Air France Flight 4590, which was destined for New York from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. This accident took place in 2000 after the flight crashed into a hotel in Paris Airport due to a burst of its tires. It is apparent that the Concorde had hit a thin metal piece while on the runway, causing one of the tires to rupture. As a result, parts of the burst tire collided with the Concords wing at high velocity, leading to a powerful shock signal within the wings gas tank that deflated it. The crash is an engineering disaster because it involved the analysis of the connection between the gas tank, velocity, and the cause of the tires to burst. It is assumed that the take-off speed that the plane had initiated could not enable it to make an emergency landing since the tires were already deflated and the gas tank was leaking.The crash is an engineering disaster because the cause might have also been due to an inadequacy in the design, shortcomings in the safety analysis, or an error in the wheel maintenance and poor tire performance (Byers, 2003). Planes have safety control mechanisms and humans, especially engineers contribute to a higher percentage of accidents. For instance, since the accident occurred at high stress during the take-off session, it might be explained that there was a traffic error. This is because the air traffic control failed to notice the strips on the runway to divert the take-off to another safe mode of operation. Although it may be attributed to engineering errors that made the earlier plane to leave strips on the runway, the crash might have been avoided. According to Byers (2003), the accident did not occur from the other causes such as bad weather conditions or acts of terrorism. .This implies that the other plane had maintenance faults that contributed to the falling of strips off its engine. The other aspect that makes this crash an engineering disaster is that the traffic control department did not prepare the runway for the impending flight.
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