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. There was no immediate word on survivors.
A Brazilian Court had previously banned large jets from using the runway due to safety concerns. The runway has been known to be short and slippery when wet. An appeals court reversed the ban citing business concerns and that the safety issues did not warrant the shutting down of the runway. More facts will be discovered as this tragic airplane crash is investigated.