Part of transcription of TAM flight's black box has still not been delivered
Elaine Patricia Cruz
Agência Brasil Reporter
São Paulo - At the meeting that took place this Saturday, the 16th, in São Paulo, the relatives of victims of the aviation accident that killed 199 people, in July of last year, complained of the absence of 23 minutes of transcription of conversation between the member of the crew of the TAM plane which were registered on one of the two black-boxes sent to the United States for analysis.
"The junk that was sent to the United States is a farce, now proved by two investigative organs in Europe, in France and in Germany who were even in Brazil and set foot on the scene of the crime", affirmed Christophe Haddad, father of Rebeca, one of the victims of the accident and the first secretary of the Association of Families and Friends of Victims of TAM Flight JJ-3054 (Afavitam).
In a press interview, Haddad questioned the seriousness of the Center for the Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautic Accidents (Cenipa), a Brazilian body responsible for the investigation of the accident. "Cenipa had already told the police that there is nothing relevant. If the pilot and co-pilot were arranging going out to a pizzeria, let us hear. Who will say whether or not it's relevant is the police", he complained. "What do they want to hide from the families?".
According to the director of the judicial police of the Department of Judicial Police of the capital (Decap) Aldo Galeano Júnior, the principal problem with the investigation, today, is the disappearance of these 23 minutes of recording. "They say that they are irrelevant. The position of the police and the Prosecutors' Office is that, if they are irrelevant, why don't they show them?"
Galeano preferred to not affirm if there may have been fraud in Cenipa's posture in not presenting the 23 minutes of recording that supposedly disappeared from the transcription of the recording. "It is frivolous for us to conclude that there could have been fraud. But from the moment that these 23 minutes did not appear, a suspicion is created."
Galeano's expectation is that this part of the investigation, conducted by the police, will be concluded between May and June of this year. "We are within the timetable, but we had to file a restraining order to obtain this at the Supreme Court, which slowed the investigations". According to him, the result of the investigations, up to the present, points to there not being a sole cause of the accident. "We have indications of various causes", he affirms.
According to Galeano, the investigations into the accident are currently concentrated on the question of grooving (cuts in the runway) and the resistance of the asphalt of the main runway, where the accident occurred.
For prosecutor Mario Luiz Sarrubo, the investigations are advancing and there are several conclusions on the causes of the accident. "We already know some of the situations that contributed to the accident and which could, occasionally, yield criminal responsibility".
Sarrubo further affirmed that Denise Abreu, ex-director of the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac) should testify in Brasilia, where she alleges she is resident.
Abreu has already been subpoenaed to testify on three occasions by the São Paulo civil police, but did not appear for any of them. According to the prosecutor, Abreu may continue to put off the testimony "as many times as she manages to justify" but believes that this time, the ex-director will appear for the convocation.