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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

200 feared dead in Sao Paulo plane crash

See above article. Any one of us could have been on that plane - it was coming from Porto Alegre, and although I don't know this for certain, it could easily have stopped at Florianópolis on the way to Congonhas. It was probably the time of day we would have been flying as well, ready for a nightflight to the UK. If Mum and Dad had come over 10 days later who knows... I'm very thankful they didn't.

I still don't know if we know anyone in the crash so if you're Brazilian please leave a comment letting us know you're safe.

Typically, and tragically, the Brazilian airport authorities knew how dangerous this runway is. Bigger planes were banned from landing on it for a time earlier this year because it is so short. It is also notoriously slippery, especially under bad weather conditions such as those last night, with one smaller plane skidding dangerously on it on just Monday this week - the day before the crash.

Brazil, when will you learn to stop playing with people's lives like this? The cost of cancelling a flight has been far outweighed by the loss of likely 200 lives. Well might Lula call three days of national mourning for those whose souls have been claimed by others' recklessness - but how long will it take for a country to start taking human life seriously?