Airbus will indemnify relatives of deceased in Brazilian tragedy

Flight JJ3054 of TAM Linhas Aéreas, operated by an aircraft of the European manufacturer, suffered an accident on July 17, 2007.

The largest air tragedy in Latin America took place in the city of Sao Paulo on July 17, 2007. An Airbus A320-233 aircraft with registration PR-MBK, operated flight JJ3054 belonging to TAM Linhas Aéreas, from Salgado Filho International Airport ( POA) of Porto Alegre to the Congonhas/Sao Paulo Airport (CGH).

The plane landed in Sao Paulo during heavy rain at the high speed of 220 km/h, and instead of slowing down normally, it continued with great power coming off the runway and crossing a large avenue. Later it crashed into a gas station and a building of the TAM itself at 175 km/h.

Because of the tragedy, the 186 people on board the plane and another 12 on the ground lost their lives.

Ten years later, Airbus will have to compensate 30 million reals (9.1 million dollars) to the relatives of the deceased. The process against the European manufacturer started due to the lack of sound warning on the aircraft in relation to the erroneous position of the control levers of the turbines’ power in the landing maneuver.

Airbus did not have representation in Brazil at the time of the tragedy so it was not possible to initiate a process against it, but one of the victims was a US citizen and his family initiated a lawsuit against the manufacturer in the United States. Subsequently, many relatives of the rest of the victims followed in their footsteps.

Currently, the case is in the hands of two offices, one in Brazil and one in the United States, being analyzed through the US justice system.

The compensations by TAM were already made at the time, reaching a total of more than 350 million reals (111.8 million dollars).

 

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