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Brazil Boeing Tragedy: Friends Association Urges That US Pilots Be Punished

Legacy jet showing damaged winglet after collision with Boeing

Legacy jet showing damaged winglet after collision with Boeing Seven months after the largest aviation accident in Brazilian territory, when 154 people died aboard a Boeing 737 flying over the Amazon jungle after colliding with a Legacy jet, the Association of Friends and Relatives of the Gol 1907 Flight Victims continues their campaign to have the American pilots of the Legacy punished.

In a press release distributed yesterday, April 26, the association says that they are seeking signatures asking for support from the people so that Brazilian authorities will conclude, "quickly but justly," the investigations and then inform the community and the relatives about the results that have yet to be published.

The signatures will be delivered to the Minister of the Justice of Brazil, Tarso Genro, in the first week of May, with the "intention of preserving the constitutional rights of the victims of the tragedy that occurred on September 29, 2006" says the document.

This petition is being put together by Rosane Gutjhar, in partnership with the Association Vice-President, Angelita de Marchi. Their primary focus will be the assignment of responsibility.

Seven months after the accident allegedly provoked by the Legacy Jet, part of the American company ExcelAire, nothing has been explained, comments Rosane Gutjhar. "We have mounds of paper, but no conclusion. We want to see the guilty parties punished for they have taken innocent lives and no money in the world will restore that," she points out.

This week, there will also be a trial in Brazil's Superior Tribunal de Justiça (STJ) seeking to release the information contained in the investigation done by the Brazilian Air Force to the families of the accident victims.

"The information therein contained is crucial for the families’ interests," explains lawyer Leonardo Amarante. The families do not have the details of the investigation, including the contents of the aircraft black box, or the results of the tests performed on the pilots or the Legacy Jet inspection.

Leonardo Amarante is the lawyer of the office that represents the 50 Brazilian victims families of Gol 1907 Flight in Brazil and in the U.S. He is also the lawyer of the vice-president of the Association of Friends and Relatives of the GOL 1907 Flight Victims, Angelita Rosicler de Marchi.

The Brazilian Federal Police requested an additional 60 days to present the police investigation results. It will not be until after the close of the investigation process that the suit against those involved will be filed with the Public Ministry of Brazil.

The manifesto written (in Portuguese) by the Association can be found at www.petitiononline.com/voog1907/petition.html.

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  • Josue

    It seems some Brazilians would rather take the fight to the US, where justice and the courts work better and faster than in Brazil, not necessarily because the plaintiff is truly culpable. The family association of victims of the 1996 Tam disaster sued in the US, not in Brazil – think about the reasons for that.

  • Ric

    Interesting an article in todayÀ‚´s Folha de SÀƒ£o Paulo, which states that the Brazilian authorities had indicated to the International Civil Aviation Organization, that initial recommended changes in procedures and operations had been implememted, when in fact that is not the case.

    It states that after seven months, proposed measures to make flying safer had not been put into practice, except for certain rule book changes and improved English training for controllers, which were already proposed before the accident of 1907.

    But proposed improvements in software, proceures and controller training had not been carried out.

    According to the Folha, anyway.

  • bo

    [quote]Bo-shitter
    written by Roberrrrrt, 2007-04-27 16:46:50

    ” Guess that’s par for the course though from a country with a “politica” of impunity for its leaders. “

    IF THATÀ¢€™S THE WAY YOU FEEL BO-SHITTER WHY DON’T YOU GET THE HELL OUT??? Or is the concept of hypocrisy beyond your understanding?[/quote]

    It’s not the way I [i]feel[/i] Bubbbbbbby, it’s a fucking fact.

  • u.s.guest

    now that you mentioned it….
    Brazil does not seem to like americans very much….perhaps the u.s. should return the sentiment in kind…Brazils export of its nationals to the u.s. with the assistance of traffickers ,operate in Brazil with apparent impunity…visa abscounders, and border crossers, are found in the majority of Brazilians in the U.S. illegally.. , networks of illegal employment, aiders , abettors, and harborers of illegals , and false document dealers are also found in this culture of crime….

  • JAY GLENN

    By the way it took over five years to get all the truth about PANAM 107, it took America five years, Brazil would still be covering up about it.

  • JAY GLENN

    QUICK JUSTICE
    In America commercial pilots for years have been aware of the Brazilian black holes in the amazon. Why not the Brazilian governments, oh thats right they are aware, just not doing anything about it.. We fly the Amazon in the even in the day time with every light we have outside on. So maybe we will be seen by other airlines.

    Perhaps a blockade or embargo on Brazil will get the bums off there ass.

    Yes lets get Justice. Your Micky mouse air traffic control is laughable, and still in the same condition as before.

    Perhaps all air traffic to Brazil should be halted till it gets better.

    Lets punish the guilty, all the people who have let this go on for years.

    That could mount up to several million, the people who keep electing the bums.

  • Ric

    Friends Association Urges That US Pilots Be Punished
    When I first saw the above title, I was amazed. Why would the Quakers be weighing in on this issue? Nixon was a Quaker but that was a long time ago.

    Then I read the article and began to understand. Sometimes IÀ‚´m really slow on the uptake.

    ItÀ‚´s hard to envision the plaintiffs winning a civil action in this case without a successful criminal prosecution. I think itÀ‚´s over. But time will tell. Time works on the side of the defendants and so far the prosecution hasnÀ‚´t gotten to square one.

  • brazil is a hole

    fuck this dump
    No need to argue, it is fucking obvious the monkey brazilians that have fucked up again… but in a country where nobody can be held responsible… fuck em all

  • bo

    [quote]…
    written by the truth, 2007-04-27 13:07:06

    Don’t be intimidated Brazilians!!! Bring them to justice and everything else will fall in place!
    [/quote]

    Justice in brazil?? Does that exist?? Certainly not for rich brazilians or brazilian politicians!! I would LOVE to see justice done in this case, because the air traffic controllers as well as the brazilian military would have a helluva lot of explaining to do.

    Once again, I’ll repeat, what kind of ignorant person could believe that “this mess” in brazilian air travel and the airports since the day of this accident, 7 months ago, until this very day, is all just a coincidence??

    The CPI being archived??? LOL!! What?? Why??

    Come on now folks, any blind fool can see what’s going on here, it was evident from the very first moment when blame was put on the american pilots in the first few hours, not only did they not even begin an investigation when those accusations were made but the bodies were still twitching!

    How disrespectful can people be to the families of these people that lost loved ones in trying to hide and tort the truth? NÀƒ£o tem vergonha!

  • Simpleton

    guest NOT
    cheesy cheesy you cunt hide, even twis CAPSLOCK tor not you finger is where you headdar. zrnine mine knompf

  • Gen

    English
    They need to examine that Air Traffic Control guys. If their instructions to the pilots were incorrect then it’s their fault. These pilots and planes were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Terrible tragedy to the innocent people who perished. BUT people need to keep in mind that it is very possible that the errors were on the part of the Air Traffic Controllers and not the U.S. pilots.
    If they are innocent, they should be freed. If they’re guilty they should go to jail. Justice needs to be done. But if the ATCs guys are guilty, they should be punished as well. English as a second language when badly spoken can spell tragedy for ATCs and pilots.

  • u.s.guest

    my condolences to the victims, respectively…
    BRAZIL IT WAS YOUR FAULT!!!!!!! YOUR AIR TRAFFICK CONTROLLERS!!!!!!!! … NOW SHUT UP !!!… YOUR BULL SH*T IS FUELED BY YOUR ” Anti- American Element…In fact ,.. HERE,S THE FINGER…..

  • Simpleton

    For the forgotten times and peoples
    There will be no “conclusion” but let us hope there will be some improvements over time and at not too great a cost to everyone. If you will, at best someone will (politically correctly I might add) come up with some “percentage” of culpability for the legal / renumeration aspect of the case. It is a foregone conclusion in eveyone’s mind that there will be someday a decision that someone has to pay. Because both the ground based systems and operators are military, their “precentage” will be (or for many many reasons has to be) small – this is the case everywhere, not just in Brasil.

    No one can bring back what has been lost. Feigning behind a saying that the dollars don’t really matter disguises very little of what you say nor what you don’t say.

  • Ric

    The Brazilian pilots of the 1989 Varig 737 crash, which was clearly blatant pilot error, were found guilty but are still out on appeal. So how would this case, in which there is at least reasonable doubt, be expected to be treated more expediciously by the same system? Hmmm?

  • Roberrrrrt

    Bo-shitter
    ” Guess that’s par for the course though from a country with a “politica” of impunity for its leaders. “

    IF THATÀ¢€™S THE WAY YOU FEEL BO-SHITTER WHY DON’T YOU GET THE HELL OUT??? Or is the concept of hypocrisy beyond your understanding?

  • the truth

    Don’t be intimidated Brazilians!!! Bring them to justice and everything else will fall in place!

  • bo

    [quote]Seven months after the accident allegedly provoked by the Legacy Jet, part of the American company ExcelAire, nothing has been explained, comments Rosane Gutjhar. “We have mounds of paper, but no conclusion. We want to see the guilty parties punished for they have taken innocent lives and no money in the world will restore that,” she points out.[/quote]

    Roseane, if you lost family or friends in the accident that’s a terrible shame and nothing will ever restore your loss, neither money, nor putting those responsible in jail. Since the accident has occurred brazil’s airports have been in utter chaos, which has been seven months! Does anyone think this is just a coincidence??

    The CPI being “archived” concerning this situation, wonder why that is?? To [i]save[/i] the american pilots?? I highly doubt that! If the american pilots bear any responsibility I’m quite sure there will be protests in the street to “hang ’em high!”

    I only hope the same protests will be demonstrated if brazilian authorities are found to be responsible. Ohh, nearly forgot, they already made a deal with the ATC’s that none of them will be held legally responsible. Guess that’s par for the course though from a country with a “politica” of impunity for its leaders.

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    easer to punish the gringoes than your own kind
    Brazil: 11 Years After Police Massacre of 19 Landless Nobody Has Been Punished

    while booth are a scar on the humanity of brazil one was terible mistake the other was just plane murder

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