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IFATCA: Air safety in Brazil 'compromised' and 'a danger' to passengers

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Fonte: http://www.atwonline.com/news/story.html?storyID=9650


Tuesday July 24, 2007

International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Assns. said "numerous warning signs, multiple risks and relevant safety reports were ignored" by the Brazilian government prior to last week's TAM A320 crash at Sao Paolo Congonhas (ATWOnline, July 23) and that air safety in Brazil "is currently compromised and is a danger to the traveling public." Citing ongoing ATC problems leading to extensive flight delays and cancellations, IFATCA President Marc Baumgartner yesterday encouraged civilian authorities to take over ATC oversight from the military and suggested experts from outside the country may need to be brought in to help. He said Brazil is "continuing to ignore internationally agreed standards on air traffic management and airport design."


Jose Carlos Pereira, head of national airport authority Infraero, told reporters yesterday that last week's fatal accident and another last year involving a Gol 737 were "totally unrelated" events and that Brazil can solve its air safety problems without outside intervention. "This crisis is ours. The dead are ours. The problem is ours and we are going to have to resolve it here in Brazil," he said. "Brazil does not need international help. Let them worry about their airspace and we will worry about ours."

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