Air Transport World

Brazil's sad aviation meltdown.(EDITORIAL)

No one connected with commercial aviation can watch what is happening in Brazil without feeling a strong sense of dismay and deja vu. A second horrific airline accident within 10 months has thrown the air transport system into chaos and the government into crisis and caused the Brazilian populace, including, apparently, the country's president, to lose faith in the safety of air travel. This turn of events is particularly distressing given that Brazil enjoys a heritage of powered flight dating back more than a century to one of aviation's pioneers, Alberto Santos-Dumont, and the country is home to one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, Embraer.


The accusations, finger-pointing and search for a culprit among government and military officials immediately following the July 17 TAM A320 accident at Sao Paulo's Congonhas Airport echoes the response to last autumn's midair collision involving a Gol 737 and a business jet. …

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