On February 27, 2003, at 0818 eastern standard time, an Aerospatiale Concorde, French registration F-BVFA, operated by Air France Airlines as flight 002, was found to be substantially damaged when it landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Jamaica, New York. There were no injuries to the 3 flight crew members, 3 flight attendants, and 39 passengers. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at JFK. An instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed for the flight which departed from Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France, and was conducted under 14 CFR Part 129.

According to an inspector from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the airplane was climbing over international waters, and as it neared its cruise altitude, the flight crew felt a "bump." A check of the instruments revealed no problems, and the flight crew made a decision to continue with the flight. After landing at JFK, and taxiing to the gate, another pilot reported a portion of the rudder was missing. The airplane held its position, shut down its engines, and was towed to the gate where the passengers deplaned through the jetway. Examination of the airplane revealed that the lower half of the lower rudder was missing from the airplane.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of France. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Bureau Enquetes Accident (BEA)
Bat 153 - Aeroport Du Bourget
93352 Le Bourget Cedex

Telephone 33 1 49 92 72 00
FAX 33 1 49 92 72 03

This report is for information purposes only.

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