Brazilian Defense Minister Takes Shot At US Pilots | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 11.20.17

Airborne-Unmanned 11.21.17

Airborne 11.22.17

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17

Airborne 11.17.17

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 11.20.17

Airborne-Unmanned 11.21.17

Airborne 11.22.17

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17

Airborne 11.17.17

Thu, Oct 12, 2006

Brazilian Defense Minister Takes Shot At US Pilots

Calls Statement They Were Following Flight Plan 'Irresponsible'

The finger pointing continues in Brazil. Brazilian defense minister Waldir Pires says the US pilots involved in last week's crash of a Gol Airlines 737 are irresponsible. The airliner went down in the amazon jungle killing all 154 aboard.

Dismissing suggestions of errors by Brazilian air traffic controllers, Pires says pilots Lepore and Paladino should not have been flying their northwest-bound Embraer Legacy 600 at 37,000 feet. International air traffic rules reserve odd numbered altitudes for traffic flying east.

Brazilian authorities maintain the Embraer collided with the 737 causing the crash.

Lepore and Paladino say they were following their flight plan when the two aircraft collided.

In response, Pires said, "It was a frivolous statement ... It was irresponsible. The flight plan says that the (planes) should fly on even-number levels."

Lepore's and Paladino's statement is disputed by Brazilian police who say they obtained a copy of the flight plan from Embraer.

Edimara Fagundes, spokeswoman for the Mato Grosso Civil Police told the Associated Press the Legacy was to fly at 37,000 ft until a course change to the northwest. At that point, she claims, the pilots should have descended to 36,000 ft.

Lepore and Paladino say they lost contact with controllers and stuck to their last-assigned altitude.

Earlier this week, Brazilian authorities suggested that Lepore and Paladino might have turned off their altitude reporting equipment, a claim the two have repeatedly denied.

Those same authorities admit they have no proof to back the allegation.

FMI: www.brazilian-consulate.org/

Advertisement

More News

ANN Wishes Our Readers, Listeners And Viewers A VERY Happy Thanksgiving Holiday

Yes... We Will Be On A Holiday Schedule For The Rest Of Week As the Aero-News staff observes the US holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, we wanted to let our readers know that ANN >[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 11.21.17: Resolute Eagle UAS, Aerotain Skye, Novus Unmanned 17

Also: Mars Drone, ASTM Drones Standards, Huerta Reflects On His Tenure, UAS Delivers Acceptance Letters On Nov. 8, PAE ISR’s Resolute Eagle UAS completed its first commercial>[...]

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17: Drone Registration, Drone Journalists Jailed

Also: Terror Advisory, DRL Sim, SureFly Octocopter, Space Needle Drone Pilot, FAI-ASFC World Fly-In Expo A bill that includes a return to civilian drone registration has been inclu>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 11.14.17: Drone Registration, AT&T's Flying COW, Pilot Charged

Also: Boeing Completes Acquisition, Drones For LAFD, DJI Seeks Transport Canada’s Help, Uber and NASA A defense authorization bill that includes a return to civilian drone re>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 11.21.17: Resolute Eagle UAS, Aerotain Skye, Novus Unmanned 17

Also: Mars Drone, ASTM Drones Standards, Huerta Reflects On His Tenure, UAS Delivers Acceptance Letters On Nov. 8, PAE ISR’s Resolute Eagle UAS completed its first commercial>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC