Thursday, January 25, 2007

Brazilian federal court frees two US ExcelAire Embraer Legacy 600 pilots involved in Gol Linhas Aéreas 737-800 mid-air collision

A three-judge federal panel in Brazil ruled yesterday that two US pilots whohas been detained following the September mid-air collision between their Embraer Legacy 600 and a Gol Linhas Aéreas Boeing 737-800 can have their passports returned within 72h.
Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino have been stranded in Brazil for 68 days following the 29 September crash that killed all 154 passengers and crew aboard the Gol flight. Travel restrictions were placed on the two pilots, employees of business jet charter company ExcelAire, as a result of a federal criminal investigation that was underway in parallel with an accident investigation. (Flight International)

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