NTSB Identification: IAD03WA020.
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Incident occurred Wednesday, November 27, 2002 in Atlantic Ocean, AO
Aircraft: British Aircraft Corp. (BAC) Concorde, registration:
Injuries: 106 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On November 17, 2002, at 1156 universal coordinated time, a British Aircraft Corporation, Ltd. Concorde, G-BOAE, operating as British Airways flight BA0001, lost a section of rudder over the northern Atlantic Ocean. The 10 crew members and 96 passengers were not injured, and there was no additional damage to the airplane. The flight was operating on an instrument flight rules flight plan between London Heathrow Airport (EGLL), London, United Kingdom, and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Jamaica, New York.

According to an inspector from the United Kingdom Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), the flight departed Heathrow about 1110. The airplane was climbing through 45,500 feet, at 50 degrees, 78 minutes north latitude, 15 degrees, 38 minutes west longitude, heading 271 degrees magnetic, and accelerating through Mach 1.817 with auto throttle and auto pilot engaged, when the crew heard what they thought was an engine-related "pop surge." The crew activated the flight recorder event marker, and the flight continued to New York.

The remainder of the flight was uneventful, except for a continuous light vibration while decelerating from Mach 1.4 to Mach 0.89. After landing, a post-flight examination revealed that a section of the lower rudder was missing.

The incident took place over international waters. Per International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 13, paragraph 5.3, the state of registry assumed responsibility for the investigation. For further information, contact:

Air Accidents Investigation Branch
Berkshire Copse Road
Aldershot
Hampshire
GU11 2HH
Tel: 01252 510300
Fax: 01252 376999
E-mail: enquiries@aaib.gov.uk
Web: www.aaib.dft.gov.uk

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