As Brazil struggles to come to terms with its worst ever air disaster it appears less likely that a slippery runway was to blame. The task of recovering the more than 200 bodies at the scene of the crash in Sao Paolo is continuing. So too is the investigation into why the TAM airline’s Airbus A320 shot off the runway and into a petrol station.
A video released of the landing shows the plane coming in much faster than others around the same time. It is also claimed the pilot tried to pull out moments after touching down. And a Brazilian TV channel said the jet had been flying without one of its thrust reversers, which help slow the plane at landing. It said the device had malfunctioned last week.
As the first of the funerals was taking place critics accused the authorities of releasing the video to deflect criticism from Sao Paulo’s Congonhas airport. Flights in and out of the airport have been scaled down while the investigation continues.