Brazil ATC Takes A Beating; Full Midair CVR Transcript Released
The transcript, prepared by the National Transportation Safety Board during its invited participation in the investigation, was entered into evidence as part of a U.S. federal lawsuit brought against the Embraer's pilots by families of those killed aboard the Gol 737. The full 112-page transcript was itself further excerpted by several news organizations, which noted that it depicted a relatively normal cockpit environment aboard the Embraer, with its crew experiencing difficulties contacting Brazilian ATC in the minutes leading up to the collision. Meanwhile, Air Security International (ASI) yesterday reported a Brazilian court ordered the preventive seizure of ExcelAire's Brazilian assets, which basically consist of the Embraer Legacy. The company said Brazilian media reports state that "the assets could eventually be used to compensate the families of the 154 people killed in the mishap should authorities determine that the two pilots of the executive jet were responsible." After months in what can only be described as house arrest, Embraer Legacy pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino were allowed to leave Brazil in December, but only after promising to return to face any criminal charge Brazil might bring. For its part, the Long Island (N.Y.) Newsday newspaper quoted several international and U.S.-based aviation industry observers who were very critical of Brazilian ATC after reading the CVR transcript. John M. Cox, president of Safety Operating Systems and a former ALPA official, summed up those comments when he told Newsday, "I think the Brazilian air traffic control system has a problem."