October 10, 2012 -
American pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino to be
retried in court for their role in the deaths of 154
people that were killed in a midair collision over
Amazon jungle between a Boeing 737-800 and the Embraer
Legacy 600 business jet they were piloting. At the time,
this accident was Brazil’s deadliest aviation accident
in that country's aviation history.
September 29, 2006, a Gol Airlines Flight 1907 departed
Eduardo Gomes International Airport, Manaus, Brazil at
3:35 pm local time for Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek
Airport, Brasilia, Brazil with 154 passengers and crew
aboard a Boeing 737-8EH (PR-GTD). The aircraft climbed
to its assigned cruising altitude of 37,000 Ft.
Pilots Lepore and Paladino were to pick up a newly built
Embraer Legacy 600 jet, N600XL from Embraer factory
which is located at Sao Jose dos Campos-Professor Urbano
Ernesto Stumpf Airport (SBSJ), Sao Jose dos Campos,
Brazil. They were to fly the aircraft along with 5
passengers to New York and present the aircraft to its
new owners Excelaire of Long Island, New York. Embraer
Legacy was to fly Manaus, Brazil refuel and then onto
the United States.