The tragic demise of the Soviets' 'Concordski' that beat the Concorde to the skies
"Compared to its Anglo-French counterpart, it was dubbed by its makers as quieter and cleaner, and with the Soviet’s aerospace success at the time, commanded initial respect. The Tupolev Tu-144 beat Concorde to the skies, making its maiden voyage on December 31, 1968 – two months before its competitor."
"Despite its impressive start, tragedy struck mid-flight during the 1973 Paris Air Show. The jet crashed, killing all six crew on board, leading Concordski being considered one of civil aviation’s biggest failures. Eight people on the ground also lost their lives, with debris crashing into the village of Goussainville. Tragedy struck again on May 23, 1978, when another crash took place near Moscow. The jet was forced to do an emergency landing and two flight engineers lost their lives, prompting a ban on passenger flights."