Korean Jet hits American Vulture and Lands in Sao Paulo

Wednesday, October 8, 2008
By George Hatcher
Korean Jet hits American Vulture and Lands in Sao Paulo

What: Korean Air Boeing 777-200 en route from Sao Paulo to Seoul Where: Sao Paulo Brazil When: Wednesday Who: There were 138 people on board Why: The jet hit an American black vulture, (2 kilograms (4.4 lbs) and has a wingspan of 1.5 m) and suffered turbine engine failure. The plane landed without incident... »

David Barioni Neto CEO

Saturday, December 1, 2007
By George Hatcher

SAO PAULO, Nov 28 (Reuters) -TAM, Brazil’s largest airline appointed David Barioni Neto as its chief executive, replacing Marco Antonio Bologna, who stepped down following disaster after disaster over the past year. Though Bologna resigned, he remains a special adviser to TAM’s controlling shareholders, the airline said in a statement. TAM hired Barioni Neto... »

Pleas for Brazil to Drop Criminal Investigation

Tuesday, October 23, 2007
By George Hatcher

Brazil’s air traffic control problem did not begin in July when a TAM Linhas Aereas SA Airbus crashed into a warehouse in Sao Paulo, killing 199 people. There was another crash the year before, a crash which led to a criminal investigation. The criminal investigation relates to this event: the mid-air collision between a... »

Infraero Oversight

Friday, August 10, 2007
By George Hatcher

Infraero, the airport authority, owns and operates Brazil’s commercial airports and has been overseeing Congonhas. Rainwater acumulating on the tarmac is a big issue for them, as it causes landing planes to skid. It’s such a big problem that the airport shut 18 times in the first quarter from flooded runways. Even before the... »

Brazil Seizes Flight Control Data

Tuesday, August 7, 2007
By George Hatcher

According to the Tam Airlines transcript, the pilots panicked, crying “Oh my God!, Oh my God!” as they tried to slow down the jetliner which landed with inoperable spoilers and a thrust reverser. “Come on! Come on! Turn, turn, turn, turn!” cried the co-pilot moments before a final utterance, “Oh no!,” was heard. The... »

Brazil Air

Tuesday, August 7, 2007
By George Hatcher

“How many people will be killed before the Brazilian government stops the live experiments on the travelling public’s safety?” said Marc Baumgartner, the president of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers. Brazil is rethinking its flight patterns Across the country, frustrated passengers whose flights have been delayed or cancelled are rioting... »

Fired: Head of Brazil airport authority

Saturday, August 4, 2007
By George Hatcher

Jose Carlos Pereira, the head of Infraero (Brazil’s airport authority) will be replaced, the second official to be fired because of the worst plane crash in Brazil’s history. The president fired Defense Minister Waldir Pires on July 25 and brought in former Supreme Court Chief Justice Nelson Jobim to overhaul the country’s ailing aviation.... »

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