Brazil Midair Accident Report Leaked to Press

 - October 4, 2007, 12:42 PM

Brazil's aircraft investigation board, Cenipa, won't release its report on the Embraer Legacy 600/Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 midair until early next month, but many of the report's details have already been leaked to São Paulo-based daily newspaper Folha de São Paulo. All 154 aboard the Gol airliner were killed when the two aircraft collided at FL370 over Brazil's Amazon jungle, but the damaged Legacy landed safely. According to the newspaper, Cenipa said 11 factors, most of them ATC procedural errors, played a role in the midair. However, the leaked report also claims that the Legacy crew did select the wrong radio frequency when exiting Brasília center's sector 9 and entering sector 7, where the midair occurred. Meanwhile, the Brazilian congressional commission investigating the midair issued its final report today. According to the O Globo news agency, the report did not include a request to indict four air traffic controllers in connection with the midair but supported the indictment of the Legacy's U.S. pilots, Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino.