Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Prayers To the Family and Friends...

Plane With 170 Aboard Crashes in Brazil
By Alan Clendenning

A plane with as many as 170 people aboard crashed and burst into flames in Sao Paulo

on Tuesday after skidding off a runway that has been criticized as being too short in a driving rain, the nation's airport authority said.

There were no immediate reports of deaths by authorities, but a witness said he saw one charred body as flames shot into the sky and clouds of black smoke billowed into the air after the crash.

The Tam airline's Airbus-320 skidded off the runway at Congonhas airport, then crossed a busy road at the height of rush hour in South America's largest city before slamming into a gas station, said Jose Leonardi Mota, a spokesman with airport authority Infraero.

Tam worker Elias Rodrigues Jesus, walking near the site just as the crash happened, told The Associated Press that the jet exploded in between the gas station and a warehouse owned by Tam.

"All of a sudden I heard a loud explosion, and the ground beneath my feet shook," Jesus said. "I looked up and I saw a huge ball of fire, and then I smelled the stench of kerosene and sulfur."
Jesus said he saw one charred body, and Globo TV reported that at least eight people were being treated for injuries. It was not clear whether they were passengers or had been in the building.

Tam Linhas Aereas flight 3054 was en route to Sao Paulo from the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre with between 150 and 170 people on board, Mota said. The government-run Agencia Brasil news agency said there were 170 passengers and eight crew members on the jet.


Anonymous bobcat said...

God be with them....

9:29 PM  
Anonymous catfleas said...

A plane crash and loss of people is always a great saddness. As Bobcat said, "God be with them...."

9:38 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

This morning they are saying 200, G*D be with them and their families AND the workers having to deal with it all! What a heartrending job...


3:24 AM  
Anonymous cassie said...

My God, TMW, those poor families! We need to think of them and pray for them today.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous day said...

I am truly sorry this has happened.

I hope the Brazilians know our thoughts are with their families.

9:20 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Thanks, gang--you're hearts' are in the right place!

11:04 AM  

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