Prosecutors in Brazil are appealing the dropping of some accusations in the 2006 midair collision between a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 and an ExcelAire Embraer Legacy 600. The airliner crashed into the Amazon forest, killing all 154 aboard, while the business jet made an emergency landing at an Air Force base.
Embraer Legacy 600
The FAA, EASA and Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency last month granted type certification to the Lineage 1000, the business jet version of the E190 fly-by-wire jetliner. The FAA also approved supplemental type certificates for the Lineage 1000’s interior, designed by Embraer and London-based Priestman Goode and manufactured by Pats Aircraft Completions. The interior features five cabin zones and a private suite with shower.
On Monday, Brazilian Federal Court judge Murilo Mendes cleared U.S. pilots Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino of negligence charges related to the September 2006 midair between a Gol Boeing 737-800 and the Embraer Legacy 600 the pair were ferrying on its delivery flight to their employer, ExcelAire of Long Island.
According to reports in several Brazilian newspapers, U.S. Legacy 600 pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino and Brazilian controllers will be blamed for the September 2006 midair in which an ExcelAire-owned Embraer Legacy 600 collided with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 over Brazil’s Amazon jungle, killing all 154 aboard the airliner.
Embraer has opened a factory-owned executive jet service center at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (Fla.) International Airport, its third such facility in the U.S. The 55,500-sq-ft center will provide support for the company’s Phenom 100 and 300 and Legacy 450, 500 and 600 business jets. Embraer recently opened executive jet service facilities at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
Embraer released its first market outlook dedicated to the Chinese market at Airshow China 2008 in the People’s Republic of China. In it,
ExcelAire of Ronkonkoma, New York, has added a Sikorsky S-76 to its fleet of business jets, which includes several Gulfstream and Cessna Citation models, Embraer Legacy
ExcelAire (Stand Nos. 908/200) has received UK Civil Aviation Authority approval to operate its Embraer Legacy 600s into London City Airport (LCY) and is offering charter services effective immediately.
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.
Embraer’s Legacy is an impressive corporate version of the company’s venerable ERJ-135/145, some 700 of which are currently the workhorses of many regional airlines around the globe.