26/10/2010 17h57 - Updated26/10/2010 18h06
Military Court condemns air traffic controller in Gol accident
Accident between Gol airliner and private jet killed 154 people in 2006
Sargeant was sentenced to 1 year and 2 months for manslaughter
Débora Santos of G1, in Brasilia
The Military Courts this Tuesday (Oct 26) sentenced to one year and two months for manslaughter (homicide when there is no intent to kill), sergeant Jomarcelo Fernandes dos Santos, a light controller who was on duty controlling air traffic on the day of the Gol 1907 accident, which left 154 dead four years ago. An appeal to the Superior Military Tribunal (STM) is possible.
The accident happened on September 19, 2006, when the Gol aircraft collided in midair with a Legacy jet. The sergeant was sentenced by 4 votes to 1.
Another four controllers - João Batista da Silva, Felipe Santos Reis, Lucivando Tibúrcio de Alencar and Leandro José Santos de Barros – were absolved. They had been indicted by the Military Prosecutors' Office (MPM) for negligence and for not observing military safety rules.