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Brazilian plane crash kills 189 July 18, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events.

UPDATE: Surveillance camera video shows plane’s final seconds before the crash.

Some expert suggests his approach speed was too high.  Flight data recorders have been sent to the US for analysis. 

A TAM Airbus 320 appears to have attempted to regain altitude after an aborted landing in Sao Paulo’s busiest airport.  189 people died, including 15 on the ground.

The runway at Sao Paulo’s Congonhas airport has been repeatedly criticized for being too short, and two planes slipped off it in rainy weather just a day earlier, though no one was injured in either incident.

I’ve flown in and out of there about a dozen times.  The airport is in the middle of the city, and is surrounded by busy highways and buildings.



1. luiz sergio cardoso - July 18, 2007

If you want to see how difficult is to land into Congonhas Airport – Sao Paulo – Brazil, watch the video at Google Video search for Announced Tragedy or use this site http://www.novidadesdarede.blogspot.com – It was filmed by a pilot when he was landing a airplane in a cloudy day – Amazing.

2. daveintexas - July 18, 2007

Bom Dia Luiz.

It’s a terrible accident and my heart goes out to the families and their loved ones.

Since I’ll probably have to fly through there again one day, I’d probably rather not know how hard it is to land there.

3. Danny Husk - July 19, 2007

Could someone please explain why they would not divert large planes to Guarulhos Intl which is only 15 miles away and has a runway nearly twice as long at 12,151 ft? Especially in bad weather!

4. Dave in Texas - July 19, 2007

Yeah, I know, GRU could handle it.

I think the short answer is “he thought he had it”. What pilot would attempt a landing he didn’t think he could make?

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