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Aviation Chaos: FAB has already removed 74 controllers
Professionals will release documents on the Internet in response to punitive measures taken by Air Force
More than a year after adopting a hard line against the controllers as a reaction to the aviation crisis, the Air Force Command has already removed 74 professionals in the country to purge the generation of sergeants that the officers consider negative leaderships. after months of silence, the controllers are trying a public appeal: releasing on the Internet documents about failures and systematic flaws in air traffic control.
In a new action against the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) in the Supreme Federal Tribunal (STF) they accuse commandant Juniti Saito and ex-commandant Luiz Carlos Bueno of omission and responsibility for the accidents of Flights TAM 3054 (in July of 2007) and Gol 1907 (September of 2006).
Among the controllers removed, 24 were accused of the crime of mutiny for the paralyzation on March 30, 2007, which closed Brazilian air space. The rest were discharged or transferred to jobs far from the control rooms. Mangers of the associations were punished with administrative detention for opinions in the press about work problems. The list shows that some of those who were removed had more than 20 years of experience.
The FAB's press office informed that the removals will not bring difficulties in the air traffic control, where the lack of personnel was the trigger for the aviation blackout after the Gol accident. According to the FAB, a "substitution study" is being implemented. In the
documentation that the controllers want to release includes a comparison between the Gol accident and a simulation of risk undertaken at Cindacta-1 (Brasilia), after a near-collision in 1996 which involved the aircraft of then-president Fernando Henrique Cardoso.
Lawyer Roberto Sobral, of the Federation of Associations of Air Traffic Controllers, affirmed that the report produced in the simulation recommended measures after detecting failures that could lead to a collision (and which would have contributed to the accident with the Gol): controllers' difficulties in understanding English, error in the flight authorization, problems in radio communication and failures in radar visualization.
On the TAM accident, Sobral said that the Congonhas controllers asked for the closing of the runway due to pilots' reports, who were complaining of the slippery conditions. There was an argument with the official in charge and the runway stayed open – and moments later the accident happened.