quinta-feira, 7 de fevereiro de 2008



Seeking to inform public opinion on the progress of the investigation into the Flight 1907 accident, this Center releases the following information supplied by the Center for the Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautic Accidents (CENIPA):

1) The CENIPA investigation, in accordance with Annex 13 of the Chicago Convention, does not have the purpose of placing blame or leading to criminal or civil responsibility. The investigation has as its sole objective the identification of contributing factors, to issue safety recommendation that can help avoid new aeronautic accidents;

2) In December of last year, the Commission of Investigation was sought out by representatives of the pilots of aircraft prefix N600XL, when the work was in the last stage of producing the final report. In the face of the importance of this testimony, which had not been undertaken previously by the crew's own decision, a meeting was set with Brazilian representatives of CENIPA. It is important to observe that information in this type of investigation is supplied voluntarily;

3) Between the 29th and 31st of January, members of the Commission heard the two pilots, in individual interviews, at the headquarters of the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), in Washington, in the United States. Three representatives of that American investigative body participated in the depositions. Until then, the crew of aircraft call sign N600XL had supplied information through the NTSB, responding to questionnaires sent by the Commission;

4) The pilots heard the two hours of audio recording registered on aircraft N600XL's black box (CVR) and responded to a long questionnaire elaborated by the Commission of Investigation on the accident;

5) Accompanied by a lawyer, the pilots affirmed that they did not perform any intentional act to interrupt the functioning of the transponder, and consequently, of the aircraft's anticollision system, as well as also not perceiving or remembering having done something that could have caused the interruption, accidentally, of the cited pieces of equipment;

6) The information supplied is important for the clarification of relevant points in the investigation, by being cross-referenced with other data already found, and for the formulation of possible scenarios which could lead to the non-functioning of the transponder. Evaluations made by the Commission show that the equipment was in usable condition, however was not in operation at the moment of the collision;

7) The Commission of Investigation made a final effort to hear the controllers, but on the advise of the lawyer for the defense, they persist in the position of not participating in any interview with the goal of helping in the work of investigation. This fact is due to fear of the utilization of information from the technical investigation, contrary to what is recommended by Annex 13 of the Chicago Convention, in criminal trials that are underway; and

8) Finally, it should be informed that the investigation is in its final phase and the new information collected will be introduced in the final report.


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