Sun, Nov 04, 2007
Jet Down On Takeoff In Sao Paulo
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 11.04.07 1830
EDT: At least eight people were killed when a Learjet 35
air taxi crashed on takeoff Sunday from a Sao Paulo, Brazil
According to the Associated Press, it is not known how many
persons were onboard the Reali Taxi Aereo aircraft, or how many
victims there may have been on the ground.
The aircraft impacted two houses in a working class neighborhood
near Campo de Marte airport, said Infraero spokeswoman Lucia
Ferreira, destroying one and heavily damaging the second. Witnesses
told Brazilian media the aircraft was turning back to the airport
when it went down.
Weather conditions at the time were cloudy with light rain,
according to those witnesses.
The accident is the latest to strike Brazil's troubled aviation
industry, and comes less than four months after the worst aviation
disaster in the country's history. As ANN reported, 199 people
were killed when a TAM Airlines A320 ran off the runway during
landing July 17 at Sao Paulo's Congonhas Airport.
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