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SÃO PAULO - A passenger plane carrying 170 people crashed into a filling station at São Paulo's Congonhas airport Tuesday after failing to brake in time upon landing, a spokesman for Brazil's airport authority said.
SAO PAULO, Brazil — A plane carrying at least 150 people crashed into a gas station after landing at Sao Paulo's airport Tuesday, Brazil's airport authority said.
The TAM airline's Airbus-320 skidded off the road and crashed into the gas station outside Congonhas airport, said Jose Leonardi Mota, a spokesman with airport authority Infraero.
The plane belonged to Brazil's Tam airline, and there was no word yet on potential casualties, said TV Globo.
The airplane landed from Porto Alegre, to the south, skidded off the runway, which was wet from rain, and slammed into a gas station outside the airport perimeter, witnesses said.
The airport was immediately closed to air traffic and flights are being diverted to other airports serving the Sao Paulo area, local media said.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
Another Airbus down, those things must be deathtraps!
Apparently the fire fed by the gas station is really intense, I feel sorry for the passengers.
SAO PAULO, Brazil (CNN) -- Heavy black smoke poured into the air and bright orange flames lit the night sky in Sao Paulo after a passenger plane skidded across a road and crashed into a building Tuesday. At least 200 people were killed.
A TAM Airlines Airbus 320 carrying 176 people crashed while attempting to land in heavy rain at Sao Paulo's Congonhas Airport, the airline said.
The Sao Paulo fire department said at least 200 people, including some on the ground, were dead at the scene.
Originally posted by Mirthful Me
An investigation is certainly forthcoming, but it looks like pilot error to me so far.
Originally posted by Sleps
The runway was slippery because of the heavy rain.
On Monday afternoon, a smaller plane skidded off the runway onto the nearby grass in similar conditions.
In February, a judge briefly banned three types of large passenger jet from using the runway because it was too short to accommodate them, and because of concerns over the airport's drainage system
Pilots had complained that water was pooling on the surface of the landing strip, making braking difficult and occasionally causing planes to skid out of control.
Remedial work, including laying a new surface, has been carried out in recent months.