The official Brazilian report on the September 2006 midair between an Embraer Legacy and a Boeing 737 is a “missed opportunity for the Brazilian aviation authorities to restore trust and safety in the national aviation system,” according to a statement by the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (Ifatca).
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The NTSB, which participated in the investigation into the September 2006 midair between a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 and an ExcelAire-owned Embraer Legacy 600, authored an appendix to the final accident report issued yesterday by Cenipa, Brazil’s safety agency. All 154 aboard the 737 were killed in the accident, while the damaged Legacy successfully made an emergency landing.
Two years after the collision between an Embraer Legacy 600 and a Gol Boeing 737 sent the Brazilian airliner crashing into the Amazon forest with the loss of 154 lives, key questions remain unanswered, but the safety cost of efforts to place blame are clear.
The Brazilian criminal court case against the two U.S. pilots–Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino–and four air traffic controllers involved in a fatal midair between an ExcelAire Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 above the Amazon jungle in September 2006 has stalled while a judge decides whether the case will be heard in a military court or a federal criminal court.
The Brazilian criminal court case against the two U.S. pilots and four air traffic controllers involved in a fatal midair between a Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 above the Amazon jungle in September 2006 has stalled while a judge decides whether the case will be heard in a military court or a federal criminal court, according to Theo Dias, a Brazilian defense attorney for the pilots.
Cenipa, Brazil’s aviation accident investigation agency, released a statement to the Brazilian news agencies in November that appears to dispute the claims of the
Brazilian authorities have continually blamed ExcelAire pilots Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino for a midair between their Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 over the Amazon Jungle, alleging that the crew didn’t follow an approved flight plan and had somehow disengaged the Legacy’s transponder. The U.S.
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) late last week called on the Brazilian government “to return to agreed international standards and principles in the investigation” of the midair collision of a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 and an ExcelAire Embraer Legacy 600.
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.