As Brazilians begin to come to terms with the worst air crash in the country’s history, sentiments of anger have been directed at President Lula da Silva. Conspicuous by his absence, he has come under fire for his handling of the disaster. In his first public address since Tuesday’s crash Lula said that there was nothing anyone can do to bring back lost love ones, but that the government was doing “the possible and the impossible” to find out how the crash happened.
Meanwhile the media continue to speculate on what caused the Airbus A320 to come off the runway at San Paulo’s Congonhas airport. The state of the runway, and implicitly government negligence, was not to blame according to an initial report. Video footage shows the plane travelling faster than normal along the wet landing strip. And the airline admits the plane had a broken thrust reverser, designed to slow the aircraft down upon landing. But it adds the device was not essential for safety. Human error or a mechanical fault are now being touted as the likeliest causes for the crash, which claimed some 200 lives.