Families victims of Flight 1907 protest against impunity of Legacy pilots
ROGÉRIO PAGNAN In São Paulo
The association of families of victims of the Gol accident launched a campaign in Curitiba (PR) this Monday against the lack of punishment of the pilots involved in the Flight 1907 accident, which left 154 dead.
Between Tuesday and Wednesday, plans are to hand out pamphlets in 23 locations (especially São Paulo) in four capitals -- São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and Brasília.
Baptized "190 million victims", the main objective of the campaign is to cancel the flying licenses of North American pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paul Paladino, held to be those principally responsible for the accident.
"If they continue piloting, they will continue placing in danger the lives of many other people. They need to have their licenses pulled to not kill anyone else", said association director Rosane Gutjahr, who lost her husband in the accident.
The two were on the Legacy which collided with the Gol Airbus. An aeronautic investigation revealed that they, besides other irregularities, turned off the anti-collision system which could have avoided the tragedy.
The action, which will use actors dressed as pilots with fright masks representing the North Americans, is part of the programming for the fourth anniversary of the accident which took place on September 29, 2006.
On the pamphlets and the "killer pilots" business cards distributed in these places there will be the address of the site created by the Association (www.190milhoesdevitimas.com.br).
Besides all the information on the accident, the page functions as a sort of online petition to pressure the North American government to pull their licenses.
Lawyer Theodomiro Dias Neto, who defends the pilots in Brazil, says that the association is selective.
"It [the association] picked the pilots as the only ones responsible for the accident. Disconsidering the conclusions of CENIPA and, principally, the report by the NTSB, the North American accident investigation organ, which indicated the primary responsibility of air traffic control for the accident", he said.
"Their request is absolutely legitimate, but the North American authorities - after two years of investigation -- saw no reason that would justify the cancellation of their licenses", the lawyer finished.