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2nd-story leap saves woman after crash

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LONDON — A 21-year-old British woman told Wednesday how she leapt from the second floor of a blazing hotel, escaping Tuesday's Air France Concorde crash that claimed 113 lives and left the building a charred ruin.

Cambridge University student Alice Brooking was discharged from a Paris hospital overnight and survived the explosion and fireball with only minor burns to her arms and hands, a Foreign Office spokesman said.

"I was talking to my sister on the telephone when we both heard this enormous bang," Brooking, who was working as a tour guide in France, told London's Evening Standard newspaper.

"I ran to the door but the landing was covered in flames . . . I just jumped and ran and ran and ran as far away from the hotel as I could get."

All 109 passengers and crew on board the Concorde and four people in the hotel were killed when the chartered flight bound for New York plunged to the ground minutes after takeoff from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

The aircraft, one of a fleet of six run by Air France, struck The Hotelissimo at Gonesse, north of Paris, and crashed in a ball of fire.

"I just keep saying to myself over and over again, 'I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive,' " Brooking said.