An Air France Aerospatiale/British Aerospace Concorde flew into Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport on 21 September, having been grounded at New York's Kennedy Airport since the 25 July fatal accident in Paris.

Because the type has had its certificate of airworthiness suspended, the aircraft had to be given special permission by the French Direction Generale de l'Aviation Civile (DGAC) to be ferried without passengers to join the other four Air France Concordes at CDG.

Meanwhile British Airways says that "a package of technical modifications which could enable Concorde to fly again" was put to the DGAC and the UK Civil Aviation Authority on 22 September by Concorde's manufacturers at Aerospatiale's Paris Le Bourget offices.

The airlines did not take part in the meeting, says BA, although it emphasises that it has been working closely with the manufacturers on potential modifications. Both manufacturers, however, claim that the 22 September meeting had no special significance, and that it was just one of a series of discussions on the options available. The CAA says the meeting was "to review information emerging from the accident investigation."

Source: Flight International