Air France charter flight 4590 dropped from the
sky in a torch-like inferno near Charles de Gaulle Airport at 4:44 pm
CED on Tuesday, July 25. All souls on board perished, as did several people
in a hotel struck by the plane. This was the first fatal accident for
the supersonic jet, which had its initial flight on March 2, 1969 at 3:40
pm in Toulouse, France. Contacts between the crash chart and the first
flight chart are striking.
planet of death and transformation, in the long distance travel sign of
Sagittarius, has been forming a challenging square to the first flight
Sun since January. This marks a profound change in our perception of the
previously invulnerable aircraft. The aging Concorde fleet is under scrutiny
that may hasten its demise as a commercial vehicle. A close conjunction
between Chiron (the wounded healer) and Pluto at the time of the crash
underscored the painful fall from grace of this technological marvel.
Concorde was born with active Mars conjunct Neptune, the planet of floating
and fantasies. Slow moving Saturn, the planet of aging and endings, directly
opposed Neptune only three days before the crash, ending the airplane’s
image of invulnerability. This year’s Jupiter-Saturn
conjunction in the sky opposes the Mars-Neptune combo of the
Concorde, another indicator of the end of an era.
bodies usually trigger the events set up by the slower-moving planets.
At the time of the crash, the Moon was separating from a hard square to
Venus (pleasure and comfort) and applying to another square to Uranus
(the planet of shock, surprise and accidents), while also squaring the
Concorde’s natal Moon. Uranus was also close to a conjunction with the
first flight Mercury, another indicator of the unexpected events, and
will oppose the natal Moon next year. The end for this elite jet may come
sooner than expected. Perhaps high-tech Uranus in Aquarius, the sign of
the people, will hasten the development of a new generation of supersonic
aircraft that will make Concorde-like speed available to greater numbers