Tue, Dec 05, 2006
Men Must Return To Brazil On Court's Request
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 12.05.06 1430
EST: Aero-News has confirmed a Brazilian court has
released the passports of pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino.
The two men have been held in Brazil since the September 29 midair
collision between the Embraer Legacy 600 they were piloting, and a
Gol Airlines 737.
The Federal Regional Court of the First Region of Brasilia said
it unanimously agreed to return the passports. Lepore and Paladino
may pick up their passports in 72 hours, and leave the country
after being detained for over 70 days. The two must agree to return
to Brazil at the request of the court, for activity in conjunction
with the inquiry into the accident.
As Aero-News has reported,
that inquiry appears to show the two pilots were following ATC
instructions to fly at the same altitude as the 737 traveling in
the opposite direction.
All 154 persons onboard the airliner died when it crashed into
the Amazon rain forest; the Legacy was able to execute an emergency
landing with damage to one of the plane's wings.
Several aviation organizations -- including the Aircraft Owners
and Pilots Association, the National Business Aviation Association
and the Allied Pilots Association -- had called on Brazil to
release the pilots.
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