Sun, Aug 05, 2007
Space Agency Head Brought In To Restore "Normalcy" At
The fallout continues in Brazil
following that country's worst aviation disaster in its history.
The head of Infraero, Brazil's airports authority, will be replaced
next week, according to news reports.
Reuters reports Jose Carlos Pereira will be replaced by Sergio
Gaudenzi, the head of the Brazilian Space Agency , citing an
unnamed source. The announcement is expected to be made public
Pereira has been on the job only 13 months, a tenure marred by
the country's two worst air disasters -- the midair collision
between a Legacy 600 business jet and a Gol Airlines 737 last
September, and the July 17 TAM A320 landing crash at Congonhas
Airport in Sao Paulo. He would be the second aviation official in
Brazil to be forced out of a job since last month's accident, which
killed at least 199 people.
Beleaguered Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da
Silva fired Defense Minister Waldir Pires on July 25,
and replaced him with former Supreme Court Chief Justice Nelson
Reuters states Gaudenzi's first duty at Infraero will be to
restore a sense of normalcy at Brazilian airports... already stung
by cancellations and delays for nearly a year, in the wake of the
Many passengers have opted to take buses to travel throughout
Brazil, the news service reports, despite notoriously poor road
conditions throughout the large country.
Others -- notably rapper Ice-T -- have avoided Brazil
altogether. The performer blamed "aviation chaos" when he canceled
his scheduled concert last month, according to local media
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