The agony of relatives wanting to know the fate of their loved ones provoked emotional and angry scenes at Sao Paolo airport. They could now be facing a very long wait for information as witnesses spoke of a terrifying inferno.
“The wheel hit the ground, right near my taxi,” said one woman, clutching her child. “The taxi driver managed to stop and then I saw the wing swerve into an airline warehouse. That’s when the plane exploded. I just ran, everyone ran.”
“The tower authorised our take-off and we were taking-off when we saw the explosion,” said an airport technician.
The crash is likely to be the worst-ever in Brazilian history. Three days of mourning have been announced.