Brazil’s Defense Minister Ousted

Wednesday, July 25, 2007
By George Hatcher

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva fired his defense minister heeding calls for the removal of top aviation officials after nearly 200 people were killed last week. Waldir Pires was forced out as defense minister. Nelson Jobim, a retired Supreme Court judge and former justice minister with close ties to Lula, replaced Pires. Lula,... »

Brazil Air Chaos

Monday, July 23, 2007
By George Hatcher

Stranding passengers got a taste of Brazil. Political cronyism to chronic underfunding in Brazil’s aviation system are considered as possible contributors to two major air disasters in less than a year––followed by a major radar failure over the Amazon. For about three hours, air traffic controllers closed Brazilian air space. An Airbus 320 operated... »

Radar Failure in Brazil

Sunday, July 22, 2007
By George Hatcher

A radar outage from 11:15 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday, caused by an electrical problem, forced planes heading to Brazil to return to their points of origin and make unscheduled landings. The nation has had chronic problems with delays and cancellations on domestic flights over the past 10 months but this is the... »

Brazil’s TAM admits Brakes Not Working

Saturday, July 21, 2007
By George Hatcher

Brazilian airline TAM admitted one of the thrust reversers on the Airbus A320 that crashed at San Paulo was not operating. Its right braking system was deactivated in accordance with the Airbus manufacturer specifications approved by the Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac). There were problems with the brake days before the disaster. Brazil’s... »

Brazil’s Aviation Crisis Continues

Saturday, July 21, 2007
By George Hatcher

Radar failure over the Amazon forced Brazil to turn back and ground international flights yesterday. Authorities mistook a piece of the fuselage from the accident for the flight recorder. The loss of radar from 11:15 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. yesterday caused planes s to return to their points of origin or make unscheduled... »

Could It Be The Brakes

Friday, July 20, 2007
By George Hatcher

SAO PAULO Widespread claims of a faulty runway, potential pilot error or failure of the plane’s brakes? That is the question Many officials and aviation experts blamed the rain-soaked runway where the plane skidded before crashing and exploding. A video of the landing suggests other factors. Footage shows the TAM Linhas Aereas plane accelerating... »

Anger Mounts

Thursday, July 19, 2007
By George Hatcher

Cezar Britto, president of The Order of Lawyers of Brazil said it was “a tragedy waiting to happen,” echoing public opinion. “What exploded in Cagonhas was not just the TAM airbus and almost 200 victims but the credibility of the Brazilian aviation system.” Cagonhas is notorious for its short, dangerous runway. “The runway was... »

Prosecutors calling for closure of Sao Paulo airport

Thursday, July 19, 2007
By George Hatcher

Brazilian prosecutors call for the immediate closure of Sao Paulo’s airport today after the country’s worst air disaster in its history. Governor Jose Serra declared that the volume of air traffic at Congonhas must to be drastically. A plane belonging to Brazil’s TAM airlinehit a nearby warehouse and exploded, killing 186 people on board... »

Brazil’s Call for Change: A320 Crash

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
By George Hatcher

One day after a TAM Airlines Airbus A320 crashed in Brazil, killing at least 189 people, the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations chimed in on Wednesday, “Runways around the world have inadequate overrun areas.” The airbus was trying to land on a wet runway at Sao Paulo Cagonhas Airport, and when they... »


Wednesday, July 18, 2007
By George Hatcher

Click to view full size photo at Contact Photographer Alan Olivieri BRAZIL’S WORST-EVER AIR DISASTER 200 Feared Dead in Sao Paulo Crash At least 195 people were killed in Brazil’s worst plane crash, a product of a country with an inadequate air travel network that has been plagued by havoc. Witness Paulo Carol... »

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