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Concorde engine fails, lands safely

Halifax (Nova Scotia), Feb. 19 (Reuters): An Air France Concorde carrying 56 people to New York from Paris landed safely in Halifax, Nova Scotia, today after one of the supersonic aircraft’s engines malfunctioned, the French national airline and the Canadian Coast Guard said.

“The plane landed safely in Halifax... There has been no request for assistance,” said Coast Guard spokesman Harvey Vardy at the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax.

Air France said in a statement from Paris that Flight AF002 had 47 passengers and nine crew on board. It said that “all passengers were being rerouted to their final destinations with the least possible delay.”

Vardy said the Concorde was en route to New York today when it first reported a malfunction in one of its four engines. The third engine was shut down at the time. The Concorde later declared an emergency and asked to be diverted to Halifax.

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