quarta-feira, 20 de agosto de 2008

Relatives of victims of Flight 1907 participate in meeting at CENIPA

Relatives of victims of Flight 1907 participate in meeting at CENIPA

Relatives of the victims of the accident with Flight 1907 participated today (August 9), in Brasilia, in a meeting with the head of the Center for the Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautic Accidents (CENIPA), Air Brigadier Jorge Kersul Filho, and the chairman of the Aeronautic Accident Commission of Investigation, Colonel Rufino Antonio da Silva Ferreira, for an information update on the technical investigation.

The investigation undertaken by the Air Force is conducted in accordance with Annex 13 of the Chicago Convention, to which Brazil is a signatory as a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (OACI). It consists of he collection and analysis of information referring to an aeronautic accident, the conclusions of which are to identify the factors that contributed to the occurrence, with the sole objective of making recommendations for flight safety and to promote prevention.

In the meeting, the relatives saw extracts of the reconstruction of the accident, prepared on computers by CENIPA technicians starting from the voice and data recorders of the black boxes of the aircraft involved in the accident. They also received information about the work performed up to the present by the Commission, but the conclusions will be presented at the end of the technical investigation.

The final report was sent last month to the Commission of Investigation's accredited representatives overseas (United States and Canada). In accordance with international legislation, they have up to 60 days to present considerations on the document's contents.

Following see the principal points presented to the relatives:

1. There were not encountered errors in the design or in the integration of the communications equipment, transponder and TCAS (anti-collision) of the aircraft N600XL;
2. Between January 29 and 31, the two American pilots were heard, in individual interviews, at the headquarters of the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), in Washington, in the United States. The pilots heard the two hours of audio recording registered on aircraft N600XL's black-box (CVR) and answered a long questionnaire on the accident elaborated by the Commission of Investigation;
3. The pilots said that they did not undertake any intentional act to interrupt the functioning of the transponder and, consequently, of the airplane's anti-collision system, just as they also did not perceive or remember having done anything that could have caused the interruption, in a accidental manner, of the functioning of the referred equipment;
4. The Commission of Investigation made a last effort to hear the controllers, but in accordance with the advice of the defense attorney, they continued to refuse to give any interview.
5. Some rules and procedures were not correctly executed in the occurrence, which lead the Commission to analyze the reasons that this happened, with the objective of elaborating flight safety recommendations. The considerations will be given in the final report;
6. There was found in the accident no indication it was influenced by radar coverage, through inefficiency or deficiency of air traffic control communication or surveillance equipment.
7. Sixty air safely recommendations were issued during the course of the work.They will be release at the end of the work.

Additional information on the technical investigation will be presented in the final report.



Cenipa report on Gol accident has no deadline for conclusion

Wellton Máximo
Agência Brasil repórter

Brasilia - The report by the Center for the Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautic Accidents (Cenipa) with the causes of the accident between the Gol Boeing and the Legacy jet will still take several months to be concluded. The information was passed on by representatives of the body, which met today (August 9) in Brasilia with relatives of the 154 dead in the disaster, which happened in September of 2006.

In the meeting, which had the participation of brigadier Jorge Kersul Filho, head of Cenipa, and the and the chairman of the Aeronautic Accident Commission of Investigation, Colonel Rufino Antonio da Silva Ferreira, relatives asked for the delivery of the report. In July, the minister of Defense, Nelson Jobim, had said that the document would be ready in 20 days.

The Cenipa officials informed that, only last Thursday (August 7), was the document sent to the United States and Canada to be evaluated by the commission which investigates the accident overseas (sic). The response, according to international legislation, should only be received in 60 days. After this time period, the report still needs to be re-evaluated by the Air Force before it is release, without a deadline having been set yet.

The president of the Association of Relatives and Friends of Flight 1907, Angelita de Marchi, considered the meeting frustrating. "They showed the work they've done so far, but they did not present any new information that could help discover the causes of the accident", she criticized, after leaving the meeting.

Cenipa did not find problems in the design of the Legacy jet that struck the Gol plane nor did it find defects in the transponder (the equipment which foresees collisions) (sic). The body also affirmed that it did not find any flaws in radar coverage nor in communication and surveillance equipment. "If there was nothing wrong, they why did the accident happen?", questioned Angelita.

As to the air traffic controllers, whose performance was indicated by the Federal Police and the Prosecutors' Office as one of the causes of the disaster, Cenipa informed that the investigation had not advanced. According to the body, the professionals who monitored air traffic on the day of the accident were advised by the defense lawyer and did not speak.

The Air Force further informed that part of the delay in the conclusion of the document is due to the inclusion, in January, of the clarifications of the North American pilots Jan Paul Paladino and Joseph Lepore, who piloted the Legacy and denied having accidentally turned off the transponder. The proceeding put off the end of the investigation for another three months.

"Initially they promised the document would be done finished in April and then, two months later, the document would become public. Since then, we've just faced delays", complained the president of the association of victims' relatives.

Dissatisfied with the progress of Cenipa's work, Angelita said that the families of the dead now intend to turn to the Prosecutors' Office and the Federal Police to get more answers and to pressure for the North American pilots to come to Brazil. "They need to testify in this country, instead of being heard by letter", she argued.

10/08/2008 - 09h58
Anac increased indemnity for death and baggage

by Folha de S.Paulo, in Brasilia

Anac (the National Civil Aviation Agency) readjusted in 188% the indemnities to be paid by airlines in case of death or bodily harm in aviation accidents and for loss or damage to baggage.

In the case of death or injury, the value goes from R$ 14,223.64 to R$ 40,950. For problem with baggage, it jumps from R$ 609.59 to R$ 1,755.

The airlines have 180 days to bring their insurance contracts into compliance with the resolution. The time began to be counted last Thursday.

The Anac decision was taken after a recommendation by the Federal Prosecutors' Office in SP.

According to Cenipa (Center for the Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautic Accidents), 2007 registered a record in the number of aviation accidents and deaths since 1999 -- they were 99 and 270, respectively.

The principal reason for this was the TAM Airbus-A320 accident, with 199 victims. This year, Cenipa records, up to July 31, 56 accidents, with 38 deaths.

The Folha sought out Snea (the National Syndicate of Airline Companies). The entity said that it would try to find its lawyer to comment on the matter, which did not happen by the conclusion of this edition.

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