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Concorde rudderless

London, Dec. 4 (Reuters): Part of a rudder fell off a British Airways Concorde supersonic jet during a flight to New York last week, the airline said today.

A spokeswoman said nobody was injured during flight 001 on November 27, when a small part of one of the plane’s four rudders dropped off en route from London to New York’s JFK airport.

“The missing part didn’t affect the flight of the aircraft or the safety of the aircraft,” she said. “It landed safely at JFK.”

She said the airline and the authorities were investigating the cause of the problem.

It was the fifth time pieces of a rudder have come off Concordes in the past 13 years, although none of these incidents has caused injury. The spokeswoman said that after earlier incidents, BA changed all the rudders on its Concordes.

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