Authorities Review Legacy 600 Flight Recorders
ANN REALTIME REPORTING
10.02.06 1030 EDT: Authorities have examined the
flight recorders of the Embraer Legacy 600 suspected to be involved
in Friday's crash of a Gol Airlines 737. According to CNN, an
initial review of the data and voice records supports the pilot's
claims of a mid-air collision.
The 737 data recorders have not yet been recovered.
The pilot of the Embraer successfully landed the aircraft with a
portion of a wing missing. Authorities questioned the seven
passengers and crew aboard -- their stories all agreed. They felt a
bump, the aircraft shook, then the pilot turned off the autopilot
and made an emergency landing.
Gol Airlines flight 1907 plunged into a thickly-jungled region
about 18 miles from Peixoto de Azevedo, Brazil. Search and rescue
personnel spotted the wreckage from the air, but crews were unable
to reach the remote area from the ground.
Crews helicoptered in to a nearby clearing and were finally able
to reach the site after forcing their way through the dense
Despite the hazardous terrain and thick foliage, crews spent all
day Sunday searching the site for survivors -- so far, without
Questions still linger over how two aircraft could have collided
without the Embraer's pilots seeing the other, much larger, 737.
And, of course, how an impact that caused such slight damage to the
Embraer might bring down a 737.
Brazilian Air Force officials say they've begun the grisly job
of recovering bodies. The first two were carried to a local air
force base by helicopter late Sunday evening before
nightfall suspended operations.
Authorities have not declared an official cause for the crash --
they say the investigation could take up to three months.
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 10.01.06 1600 EDT:There
is tragic news from Brazil. Rescue crews helicoptered to the crash
site last night have sifted through the wreckage all day. The Times
of India reports President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has said there
is no sign of survivors.
The president has called for three days of mourning in memory of
the 155 dead.
GOL company officials have released details from the passenger
and crew manifest. There were 149 passengers and 6 crew aboard.
The Captain, Decio Chaves Junior, 44, started flying in 1980 and
joined Transbrasil in February 1986. As Captain, he flew Boeing 727
and 737 aircraft. He's been with GOL for five years and has
ammassed 14,900 flight hours.
The Co-pilot, Thiago Jordao Cruso, 29, has been flying since
1999. He's been with GOL for more than four years. He has 3,850
Rescue crews continue to scour the crash site, but at this late
hour hold little hope for finding any survivors.
ANN will post more details on this tragedy as they become
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 09.30.06 1000 EDT:
Search and rescue aircraft located the wreckage of a Brazilian
Gol Airlines 737-800 that disappeared from radar last night
following a reported mid-air collision with an Embraer Legacy
Reuters reports the location of the crash site as Mato Grosso
state -- described as an area of "difficult access."
Brazilian defense minister Waldir Piers said the Embraer pilot,
who made an emergency landing with a damaged wing, told the
authorities "he practically did not see the plane. When he saw
something it was but a shadow. And he felt a shock, which made him
lose part of a wing."
In a somewhat confusing statement that may have come from
Waldir, Reuters reports that "radars" showed the two aircraft
separated by 1000' of altitude. Which radar is not specified...
The 737-800 is practically brand new; Gol took delivery from
Boeing on September 12. Gol says the aircraft had only logged 200
hours to date.
So far, no word on possible survivors.
ANN will post updates to this developing story as details become
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 09.29.06 2115 EDT:
Authorities in Brazil are scrambling to locate a Gol Airlines 737
that disappeared from radar Friday over the Amazon region,
following an apparent midair collision with a smaller plane.
A spokesman for the Manaus airport told Reuters flight 1907,
bound for Brasilia, did not arrive as scheduled.
The head of Brazil's airport authority, Infraero, said the
airliner collided with a business jet, believed to be an Embraer
Legacy 600, which later landed safely with a damaged wing.
Gol says there were 155 passengers onboard the 737. It is not
known if that number includes crewmembers.
For the moment, there is little hard evidence to indicate where
the jet may have gone down. A local farmer reported seeing a large
jet flying low near the Serra do Cachimbo, a Para state city about
600 miles southeast of Manaus.
Press Statement From Embraer
Embraer was informed today of a mid-air collision involving a
Legacy 600 aircraft which it manufactured, serial number 965, owned
and operated by one of its clients.
According to unconfirmed reports, the collision occurred in the
Serra do Cachimbo region, in the State of Pará, Northern
Brasil. Immediately after that, the Legacy 600 (File photo, below)
landed at the Cachimbo Air Force Base, with no injuries on
Embraer has offered to cooperate with aeronautical authorities
in any way possible in the investigations of the cause of this
regrettable accident. To that end, a team of Company technicians is
preparing to leave for the region.
ANN will update this story as more information becomes