Report on Boeing Tragedy in Brazil Will Spread the Blame

The preliminary report on the worst Brazilian air accident ever will not blame just one person or factor for the collision between the Gol’s Boeing 737 and the Legacy executive jet that caused the fall of the Boeing and the death of 154 people.

While the report will only be released on Thursday, November 16, the day after the Republic Proclamation national holiday, Brazil’s most watched news broadcast, the  Globo TV’s Jornal Nacional anticipated some of the conclusions tonight. 

One of the revelations of the partial report is that the Legacy while flying over Brazilian capital Brasí­lia didn’t communicate with that city’s control tower (Cindacta 1) for half an hour.

During that time, the document says, the flight controllers tried seven times to establish contact with the American pilots Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino without success. Investigators have also concluded that nobody witnessed any risky maneuver or acrobatics by the Yankee pilots.

The probe will show that the Legacy flew at an altitude of 37,000 feet (the same as the Boeing 737, which was coming from Manaus in the opposite direction) from São José dos Campos, where the plane was bought from Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, to Mato Grosso where the crash occurred. 

The report will emphasize that Lepore and Paladino did not follow the flight plan which called for the Legacy to lower its altitude to 36,000 feet when reaching Brasí­lia and then rise up to 38,000 before getting to Amazonas’ capital, Manaus. 

Another information from the official dossier prepared by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is that air traffic on the day of the accident (September 29) was very light.

While air traffic controllers may securely handle as many as 14 flight simultaneously at the time of the crash each controller had only between 3 and 5 planes to take care of.

The report also concludes that communications were perfect on the occasion and that there was no blind spot that would hinder contact between the tower and the Legacy jet.

In the report’s leaked information, however, there is no mention about a possible malfunction of the transponder and other equipment aboard the plane piloted by the Americans.

Speculations since the start of the investigations have also suggested that Lepore and Paladino might have disconnected the transponder to avoid radar detection so that they might play with the new plane over the Amazon. 

Another question that hasn’t been answered is: have the Brazilian flight controllers authorized or instructed the American pilots to fly at 37,000 feet all the way to Manaus?


  • Show Comments (29)

  • Ramesh

    Suspicious, to say the least
    I am not in favour, or against…. I am only a fan of unconditional facts: proof, that can not be counter-argued.

    a) why did it take so long, for the FAB to release this non-conclusive report? Why did this only happen, after the justice ordered them to release it, when they kept on saying that they want a thorough and transparent investigation?

    b) why did the brazilian skies errupt in chaos, with air traffic controllers “striking” (a systematic slow-down operation), delaying most of the domestic flights in Brazil, and that way, affecting the international flights too? (Reminder: the passangers and airlines suffer, without being at blame, or having anything to do with the quarrel).

    c) what about the “transponder”?? Nobody knew what the darned thing is, or does, until the Gol flight downed. Now, all know about it, and what it does. We are in an era, where we have state-of-art technology, and the Legacy jet was safely landed, and held. Why can nobody say, what happened to the Transponder? Supposedly, it worked on take-off (we are talking about the hand-over of a brand new jet… things are checked!), and suddenly, after the clipping of the 737-800, it worked too, in order to safely land… At least, that is the hear-say. Can anybody explain, some simple questions: was it malfunctioning, or was it turned off?

    d) why does all this take so long, and is so confusing….

    to say the least; SUSPICIOUS.

    As a citizen from Manaus, and Gol flyer, and someone who lost a friend on the flight, I am extremely unhappy and upset about the way things are being handled.

  • guest

    oh yes, I am not your American wife, sister, mother or girlfriend, that is why Loly.

  • guest

    in brasil people may call loira burra-stupid blond to stupid females or people say simply blond. even blond women say that: Am i being too blond? kk

  • Canastrão Blonde

    ouch. That hurt. 😉

  • Polo

    why don’t you two get a room and fuck each other senseless?

  • Norman Kemble

    Do you work for excel? Or does a family member or friend?

  • guest

    Girl youre more ridiculous and fraud than I thought when first read your I Love Brazil! Don’t feel jealous. You look uglier this way! ridÀƒ­cula. 😉

  • Canastrão Blonde

    CanastrÀƒ£o Brasilerio
    I’m an American. Glad we cleared that up.. 😛

  • guest

    i’m a brasileira 😛

  • Canastrão Blonde

    Heres to you guest
    Fake Blonde. I like it! Lets change yours to …….lets see…..CanastrÀƒ£o Brazilian…..since you don’t seem to mind that your military is trying to fake an entire plane crash scenario… 😥 But lets not startfighting again. Just when we are starting to get along so well…

  • guest

    sham! I think that would suit perfectly!

  • guest

    well think of the canastrÀƒ£o concept in psychological and behavioral terms. and indeed the stereotipical blond has something like half of a brain. whatever you say!

  • Blonde

    I think I’ll change my name on these postings. Just to make you happy. and no..he is Carioca! 8)

  • guest

    oh what a canastrona!! fake adj.
    Having a false or misleading appearance; fraudulent 😀

    Maybe your husband is a canastrÀƒ£o too haha

  • I Love Brazil

    Hi Guest
    I’m provoking you. I just laughed out loud at the irony of the typo. I shouldn’t have called you a moron. I’m Sorry. That was unnecessary.
    Do you stereotype all American women as blondes? or just the ones that have a brain…
    My Brazilian husband likes the color of my hair. So the culture shock thing is sort of a moot point too. 😉
    Does Canastra mean some sort of card game? I’m trying to figure out what that implies…
    And Pires still should be fired. You can call me blonde if you want. I’m ok with that. Its culture clash. 😉

  • guest

    Gringa you moron. You agree with Pires? Now who’s confused!

    Brunette thank you. Lula is the commander in chief of your military

    ok, I have a question.. do American all women sound how do you say canastronas in your language?
    All I know is that cultural shock is an awful experience indeed!

    Blondthat was a typo. You sound so canastra. Sometimes this is funny but all the time is tiring

  • I Love Brazil

    Its spelled “asking not saking. Saking implies someone is getting fired. Oh…oops what are the odds of you screwing uo that particular word in this situation. 😀

  • guest

    Lula is the commander in chief of your military… 😀

    stop acting blond and saking stupid questions!

    I actually have had a great time reading your comments!

  • I Love Brazil

    Brunette thank you. Lula is the commander in chief of your military. Awwww…are you upset?

  • guest

    Lets face it. You Americans suck! kk

  • guest

    dear blond your not talking to Lula (he barely knows Portuguese) haha.

    What I think or not I have no interest to tell you.

    these confused gringos!

  • I Love Brazil

    Gringa you moron. You agree with Pires? Now who’s confused!

  • guest

    what a comedy these confused gringos!

  • I Love Brazil

    Lula, you need to fire Pires. He’s a liability to you now.

  • ch.c.

    As I repeatedly said :

    Far more is still hidden ! Everyone should guess why !

    Hopefully there will be an International Commission composed of International experts
    to protect eventually either the US pilots and/or the Brazilian ATCs.
    International Aviation Laws and Regulations are quite precise and not subject to the personal interpretations of a Defense Minister (Pires), or a Foreign Relations Minister (Amorim), a judge or an air commander in particular, and even less from a 80 years godfather and grandfather, probably wearing Pampers again, and protecting his family (the ATCs)…at whatever manipulation and/or lies….that/these person(s) play with !

    Funny or in fact NOT so funny, that this Insane Defense Minister already Guarantees (his own word) that the final report (not yet even written) will be very close to the interim report ! The above article details, for whatever they are worth, already contradict HIS GUARANTEE !

  • Disgusted!

    Waldir Pires
    Is desprately trying to protect his position. There needs to be another independant investigation that is not run by the Military or Pires. A pilot is not going to ignore a call from the tower. What would be the point of that? Get real Pires. The couldn’t hear the tower trying to contact them. Other International pilots have confirmed problems with communications over the Amazon. Pires, are you calling them liars? Lets see….whats more likely… dozens of pilots lying or Pires? Well at least you knew you couldn’t get away with the trick manuvers lie. That didn’t work out too well for you did it? Those pilots would have followed their flight plan if the tower didn’t instruct them to fly at 37,000 feet which we all know now trumps a flight plan. Funny that that information didn’t leak. If communication was perfect, why did the flight from Columbia need to help relay communication from the Legacy to the Military air base in the Amazon after the accident? Any mention of that in the report? And why no leak about the Transponder? I guess the military hasen’t quite worked out those lies yet. This is disgusting. The transparency here is the cover-up. Not the investigation. Don’t these families deserve the truth? Pires, your a poor excuse for a human being! All you can think about is yourself and your precious position. You would have been much better off persuing the truth but you have spun yourself right into a corner that is going to suffocate you in the end. To the lawyers of those pilots and ExcelAir, hire yourself some top notch investigators to uncover the truth. Go international!

  • guest

    Enjoy your hell Loly!

  • Polo

    Ramesh sorry about your loss. More than suspicious, it stinks of rotten fish…

    Looks like a lot of well-paid government jobs are going to be protected after all.

  • Stephen

    Howdy Dowdy
    That’s all folks!!! What about the technical details from the Black Boxes? Is there a doctor in the house, or what?

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