Its feared scores of people may have died after a plane with 176 people on board crashed on landing at Brazil’s busiest airport. The Airbus A320, operated by Brazilian carrier TAM, skidded off a rain-soaked runway and across a busy road at Conganhas Airport in Sao Paolo. It crashed into a building and petrol station before bursting into flames. Rescue teams say its unlikely that anyone survived the collision or subsequent inferno.
The state governor said the chances of finding survivors were “practically nil”, while a fire official said more may have been killed on the ground.
The flight was on the final approach of its internal trip from Porto Alegre in the south of the country when disaster struck.
Flights were briefly suspended at Congonhas earlier this year after pilots complained of water pooling on the runway making braking difficult.
The surface was relaid with special grooves to allow planes to brake safely. The work was finished on June the 30th.
A light aircraft skidded off the runway in wet weather on Monday, but no one was injured.