3 People Charged in 2007 Brazil Plane Crash That Killed 199

by NPHM | July 13th, 2011

July 13, 2011

On Tuesday the federal prosecutor’s office in Brazil announced that it has charged three air transportation officials in the July 2007 Sao Paulo plane crash that killed 199 people.

According to the prosecutor’s office, three people were responsible for allowing the plane to land on a runway that they knew was unsafe because of a faulty drainage system.

Being charged in connection with that tragic crash are Denise Abreu, former director of Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency; Alberto Fajerman, TAM’s former vice president of operations; and Marco Aurelio dos Santos de Miranda e Castro, the airline’s former safety director.

The crash occurred July 17, 2007, at Sao Paulo’s Congonhas airport when an Airbus A320 sped down a runway at 110 mph and slammed into a gas station and air cargo building.

All 187 passengers died, in addition to 12 people who were on the ground.

After the crash investigators discovered that the runway had been repaved 20 days earlier but was missing the grooves that allow water to drain from the runway. They also determined that one of the thrust reversers that works to slow down an airplane was not operational.

News of these charges came just one day before another plane crashed in Brazil, killing 14 people.

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