November 2, 1996 |
Brazilian authorities began their investigation of the crash of a Fokker-100 commercial jetliner in Sao Paulo. All 96 people aboard the flight to Rio de Janeiro and at least five people on the ground were killed when the plane plowed through a densely populated neighborhood shortly after takeoff. Officials at TAM airline said the plane had problems gaining altitude and never managed to climb above 90 feet.
November 1, 1996 |
A twin-engine commuter jet crashed in the densely populated outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday, killing at least 98 people, engulfing a neighborhood in flames and renewing worries about air safety in Latin America. The crash--the latest of a number of air disasters in this region--occurred about 8:25 on a sunny morning, moments after the Dutch-made Fokker-100 operated by TAM, a Brazilian airline, took off from Congonhas Airport on a 45-minute flight to Rio de Janeiro.
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August 29, 1995 |
For James K. Leitch, 51 years of uncertainty have finally come to an end. Forensic experts from the Army's Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii have confirmed what he has suspected since World War II--that a B-24 bomber believed carrying his brother and nine other airmen went down in the Brazilian jungle and all on board were killed. "It still bothers me," said Leitch, 70, a retired marketing executive living in Oakhurst, in the foothills of the High Sierra. "But I'm glad it's over."
February 5, 1992 |
Nine passengers and three crew members died when their Brazilian-made plane crashed into a mountain in northeastern Brazil, an airline employee said Tuesday. There were no survivors of the Nordeste Linhas Aereas flight traveling from the coastal city of Salvador to the interior of Bahia state on Monday.
June 7, 1990 |
A Brazilian airliner with 41 people aboard crashed about a mile short of the runway in the Amazon Basin city of Altamira, killing at least 22 people, including the pilot and co-pilot. A TABA airline spokesman said the Fokker turboprop did not explode on impact, and there was no fire. Soldiers from a local army base pulled survivors from the wreckage. The plane was on a flight from the port of Belem to Cuiaba. Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the crash.
September 6, 1989 |
A disabled Brazilian jetliner crash-landed in a remote wilderness area of the Amazon basin with 54 people aboard, and 46 of them survived, the Aeronautics Ministry reported Tuesday. The news came two days after the Boeing 737-200 disappeared. The last radio contact with the Varig plane had come Sunday evening. It reported trouble with the plane's navigation equipment and with an engine.