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Germans mourn Concorde victims

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GONESSE, France — Family and friends of the German victims of last month's Air France Concorde crash gathered on Saturday at the site where the plane went down in flames, killing 113 people.

About 60 mourners wandered around the crash site for about two hours, alone or small groups, depositing flowers or just taking photographs of the bare ground where signs of the crash are already fading.

Journalists were kept out of the low-key gathering on the outskirts of Gonesse, a small town near the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport, a Reuters Television crew said.

Of the 100 Concorde passengers, 97 were German tourists on the first leg of a luxury Caribbean cruise holiday. Nine crew members and four people on the ground were also killed when the New York-bound jet plunged out of the sky trailing fire and crashed into a hotel on July 25.

Transport Minister Jean-Claude Gayssot said earlier on Saturday that France's Air Accident Investigation Bureau would hand in its report on the crash on August 31.

The British and French air safety authorities suspended Concorde's certificates of airworthiness earlier this month after investigators reported that a chunk of rubber from a burst tire probably brought down the plane.