Fired: Head of Brazil airport authority
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. The defense ministry supervises civil aviation in Brazil.
The TAM crash is actually the second major plane crash in Brazil in 10 months. In September, 154 people were killed when a Boeing 737 clipped wings in mid-air with a private jet and crashed in the Amazon jungle.
The replacement is Sergio Gaudenzi, head of the Brazilian Space Agency. An official announcement is not expected until Monday.
Pereira has been under pressure to step down since the Airbus A320 crash. 187 people aboard the TAM flight and 12 on the ground were killed in the accident The crash caused a national outcry for improvement in air safety.
Gaudenzi’s first task will be to restore normalcy at Brazilian airports.In Brazil that many passengers are now canceling flights and taking buses instead.
Many travelers avoid Brazil altogether.