President Of Brazil’s Aviation Authority Resigns

The head of Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency has resigned, following a fatal July airline accident in Sao Paulo.Milton Zuanazzi resigned Wednesday, under fire from Brazil’s Defense Minister for the country’s months-long aviation and air traffic controllers crisis.

Zuanazzi presided over the civilian agency through Brazil’s two deadliest plane crashes — a September 2006 midair involving a Gol Airlines 737 and a private business jet that claimed 154 lives, and the July 17 loss of a TAM Airlines A320 in a runway overrun at Congonhas. 199 people were killed when that jet landed fast on a rain-slicked runway, and impacted a building.

Defense Minister Nelson Jobim has openly criticized Zuanazzi’s handling of both crises, as well as striking air traffic controllers and technical problems plaguing the nation’s radar systems.

For his part, Zuanazzi said the final straw was a proposal from Jobim to increase the distance between seats on Brazilian airliners – a move Jobim says would increase safety, but Zuanazzi says would lead to higher air fares, shutting out the nation’s poorer residents.

“They don’t want poor people to fly,” Zuanazzi told a news conference, reports The Associated Press.

In my humble opinion both parties are arguin about something that has nothing to do with flight safety. It is not the matter of seating or the financial background of passengers, and Mr Zuanazzi should have resigned earlier. I hope the next president will have a clue about aviation.

Source: and AP

By Szafi 

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