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A reverse thruster on the plane which crashed in Brazil, killing some 200 people, had been deactivated during maintenance checks, the airline says.
The reversers help jets slow down on landing but Tam Airlines insisted the deactivation was in accordance with proper procedures.
The Tam Airlines' Airbus 320 overshot the runway at Sao Paulo's Congonhas airport, hit buildings and exploded.
Globo TV also reported that the same plane had problems landing at Congonhas the day before the crash.
The channel said the plane only managed to stop at the limit of the runway. The pilot told air traffic controllers it was very slippery but did not mention any other problems
According to the Brazilian press the runway was recently reopened after repairs but had not yet been "grooved", a measure that helps pilots reduce a plane's speed.
In an interview with radio station CBN one unidentified TAM pilot said he believed the unfinished repairs had contributed to the accident. "During landings in heavy rain it is just like driving a car and feeling it skidding on the road. Grooving is not a prerequisite but it is an item of security."