The Concorde was once the peak of cutting-edge aircraft design and a status symbol for the world's elite travelers. But the horrific 2000 crash of flight 4590 marked a turning point for this iconic aviation brand.
The Concorde was a technological marvel, an airliner that could fly more than twice the speed of sound at altitudes that brush the air of space. In its first 31 years of supersonic flight, there was not one single fatal accident, until July 25, 2000. The crash of Air France Flight 4590 erupted in flames as it was lifting off the runway at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Follow investigators as they attempt to complete a puzzle that will explain the crash, using just a handful of pieces remaining from the torched wreckage.
Access even more free Smithsonian Channel full episodes and documentaries online through participating TV providers.
Find out if your television provider carries Smithsonian Channel.
Don't panic! It's simple to upgrade to the latest version of one of these browsers:
Don't panic! To get the best possible experience on smithsonianchannel.com we recommend you upgrade your operating system.
For the best possible site experience, please use Chrome for Android.
Add username "SmithsonianChan" on Snapchat for fun and fascinating facts. We'll be sharing spontaneous photos and videos as inspiration strikes.