Tu-144 Crash in France

 Tu-144 Crash in France

On June 3, 1973, a Tu-144 crashed at the XXX Paris International Air Show in Le Bourget during its demonstration flight. This happened near the  town Goussainville, six and a half kilometers from the airport of Le Bourget.

The commission investigating the causes of the catastrophe did not identified any malfunctions of the airplane. There were several hypotheses about human factors that perhaps led to the crash. However, once all of the facts were found, there was no evidence either to reinforce or disprove these suppositions. In these circumstances, the commission and the Soviet experts came to the conclusion that the causes of the accident should be declared as not defined, and the case was closed.

Tu-144 Crash in France

There was a separation of the left wing console, as a result of exceeding the permissible loading. Then the destruction of the aircraft in the air followed.

Tu-144 Crash in France

The wreckage of the TU-144 was scattered over an area of about 1000 by 500 meters.

Tu-144 Crash in France

Tu-144 Crash in France

5 houses were destroyed and 20 were damaged.

Tu-144 Crash in France

Tu-144 Crash in France

Tu-144 Crash in France

Tu-144 Crash in France

Tu-144 Crash in France

 The crash killed 6 people on board of the TU-144. 8 people were killed on the ground, 3 children were among them. Also, 25 people on the ground were injured.

Tu-144 Crash in France

Fragments of the wrecked plane were later laid out on a wooden model, some were still missing.

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3 thoughts on “Tu-144 Crash in France”

  1. The story was that a Mirage fighter was shadowing the 144 and it crossed in front of the Tupolev, prompting the pilot to pull up suddenly, causing the aircraft to break up. For reasons of their own the Soviet government chose to say nothing about the cause of the incident.

    • Indeed, The Mirage incident looks very plausible, as do the reports of an over zealous pilot bent on out showing the rival Concorde.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973_Paris_Air_Show_crash

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