Brazil’s New Air Airports Chief Involved in Scandal with Country’s First Astronaut

New airport chief in Brazil, Sergio Gaudenzi The head of Brazil's airports authority has been replaced in the wake of the country's worst air crash last month. Jose Carlos Pereira will be replaced by the president of the Brazilian space agency, Sergio MaurÀ­cio Brito Gaudenzi.

Some 199 people died when an airliner skidded off a runway and crashed into a building at São Paulo's Congonhas airport.

Mr Pereira is the second top official to be sacked over the crash, after the defense minister also lost his job.

It was the new defense minister, Nelson Jobim, who requested that Mr Pereira resign and who announced his resignation. The defense ministry supervises civil aviation in Brazil.

Gaudenzi, who should take office this week, is being sued by Brazil's Audit Court (TCU) for his acts as head of the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB).

The TCU argues that he acted illegally when the AEB paid 16 million reais (about US$ 8 million) to the Russia Space Agency to take Brazilian first astronaut, Marcos Pontes, into space, in 2006.

The airports authority, Infraero, has been criticized for allowing the Congonhas runway to be used even though it had not been "grooved" after being surfaced. Grooving helps water escape the surface of the runway.

It had been raining heavily on 17 July, the day of the crash – that is one of several possible contributory factors being analyzed by investigators.

The disaster was the second major air tragedy in Brazil in the space of less than a year. In late 2006, a Gol passenger plane and an executive jet collided over the Amazon, killing 154 people.

Mercopress

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil’s Embraer Introduces New Jet to Asia

Brazil’s Embraer announced December 3 that startup airline Hong Kong Express Airways Ltd  will ...

Prowling in Rio

Those women dressed in tight clothes are now sambaing, vigorously. The whole place has ...

Ends and Butts

The term popozuda (big-buttock woman) has become not only a fashionable word but also ...

Brazil’s Kepler Weber Builds UAE’s Largest Storage Complex

The Kepler Weber Group, in the construction of storage infrastructure and warehouse equipment sector ...

Task Brasil, 13 Years Helping Brazil’s Street Kids

Since its establishment as a UK charity in 1992, The Task Brasil Trust has ...

Porto Murtinho, in the Brazilian Pantanal

A Crazy Lady Tries to Make Sense of Life on Brazil’s Frontier

To the uninitiated, Porto Murtinho may seem like the middle of nowhere – or ...

Israeli Minister Called Fascist by Brazil Ruling Party’s Official

The foreign minister of Israel ran into controversy on the first day of a ...

US Senator Defends UN Permanent Seat for Brazil

US Senator Norm Coleman, a Republican from the state of Minnesota defended Brazil’s entry ...

Lula Calls on Ahmadinejad to Respect Diversity and Stop Financing Extremists

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva called today, November 23, on his Iranian ...

With Such Creepy Lullabies It’s a Miracle Any Brazilian Kid Can Go to Sleep

Most Brazilian lullabies and children songs are scary like hell. Some of them are ...