Emergency services continue the clear-up at Sao Paulo’s Congohas Airport after 200 people were killed in the country’s worst air disaster. The government has come under attack for recklessly re-opening the airport on June 29th, after the runway had only just been relaid.
However, the engineering director for Brazil’s airports authority, Infraero, released footage of the landing showing the ill-fated TAM airbus touching down at high speed. It appears the pilot tried to take off again before the crash. The government was quick to close ranks round President Lula da Silva. Walfrido Mares Guia, Minister for Institutional Relations, said: “It’s not the president’s fault if the accident was a result of human error.” The resurfaced runway had not been grooved to drain off rainwater. That was due to be completed later this month.