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TAM aircraft crashes on landing.


An aircraft operated by Brazilian airline TAM crashed at an airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 17 July.

TAM Express flight 3054 was reported to be carrying 170 passengers and six crew members. It attempted to make a landing at Sao Paulo's Congonhas airport, arriving from Porto Alegre.

According to the BBC, a doctor at Sao Paulo's mortuary had seen 30 badly charred bodies brought in.

The Airbus A320 reportedly skidded off the runway in wet weather and went on to slide across a road in a residential area before hitting a fuel depot. Rescue crews have said that none of the 176 people aboard could have survived the crash and people on the ground were also killed.

Sao Paulo State Governor Jose Serra said he had been told the temperature inside the aircraft was 1,000 degrees Celsius, making the chances of survivors "practically nil".

The BBC stated that there have been concerns expressed previously about the safety of the runway in wet weather. A smaller aircraft reportedly slid off the same runway onto grass on 16 July.

The Associated Press reported that the airline initially said the aircraft was carrying 176 people but later lowered the figure to 175, 169 passengers and six crew.

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Date:Jul 18, 2007
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