Several thousand Brazilians, including relatives of the 199 people killed in the country’s worst-ever air disaster, staged a rally to honour the victims and criticize the government’s air traffic management. Carrying flowers and placards, they marched through the city of Sao Paulo to the smoke-blackened ruins of the cargo terminal, where an Airbus A320 crashed on July 17 after skidding off the wet runway at Congonhas airport.
Authorities are investigating if the runway, known for being slippery and short, was unsafe for landing in the wet. They are also looking into possible pilot error or technical problems as the cause of the disaster. The airline TAM acknowledged that the thrust reversers which help slow the plane down on landing were broken but maintain it was still safe to fly the aircraft.