Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Gol B737 and ExcelAire Legacy 600 accident: cockpit voice recorder transcript released

Cockpit voice recorder transcript from the ExcelAire Legacy 600 that collided with a Gol 737-800 in midair and resulted in the deaths of all 154 aboard the airliner, was published yesterday by Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil's largest newspaper. It indicated that the Legacy pilots had difficulty communicating with ATC throughout the flight. "I've got a problem with the radio here," one said, according to the Associated Press. While the pilots may be found criminally liable, Brazilian ATC has come under considerable scrutiny in recent months as communication system failures have led to delays and cancellations. Following the collision, the pilots complained they had been abandoned by ATC, the transcript revealed.

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