The runway was cleared for takeoffs and landings at 10:18 pm. At least 140 flights were cancelled. The airport lounge was packed.
By TV Globo and g1 SP — São Paulo
The plane that had an accident early this Sunday afternoon (9) at Congonhas Airport, in the South Zone of São Paulo , was removed from the runway almost nine hours later, around 10 pm. It was removed by a truck and moved to a side lane.
With the runway closed for hours, at least 140 flights were canceled in the country: 73 departing from Congonhas Airport and 67 arriving. The runway was cleared for takeoffs and landings at 10:18 pm and the airport must be open until 1 am exceptionally.
Congonhas Airport is the second busiest airport in the country and has the busiest route in Brazil, which is the air bridge with Rio de Janeiro, according to Anac.
According to Infraero, no one was injured. The rear wheel tire burst during landing. The aircraft was carrying two crew and three passengers, and had regular documentation. The airport’s auxiliary runway is open for business aviation.
As a result, flights were canceled and the concourse of Congonhas Airport was crowded. As of 8 pm, 34 flights were canceled on arrival in Congonhas and 37 on departure.
Initial information indicates that the delay in removing the aircraft occurred because there was no equipment to remove the aircraft. Asked about the delay in removal, Infraero replied that a “removal board” was needed.
Latam informed that passengers with domestic flights with origin, connection or destination in Congonhas – São Paulo, on 10/09 and 10/10, “have the flexibility to postpone or cancel their trips at no cost, being able to reschedule or request a full refund without charge” .
Gol internal message passed on to crew members asks them to book trips only from October 16th, when the situation should be normalized.
Investigators from the Fourth Regional Service for Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents (SERIPA IV), located in São Paulo (SP), regional body of the Center for Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents (Cenipa), were called to investigate the accident involving the aircraft registration PP-MIX.
“In the Initial Action, specific techniques are used, conducted by qualified and accredited personnel who carry out the collection and confirmation of data, the preservation of evidence, the initial verification of damage caused to the aircraft, or by the aircraft, and the collection of other information necessary for the investigation process”, says a note from the agency.
Audio circulating in groups of pilots indicates that the tire burst at the time of landing because there was a wind shear (sudden change of direction and wind speed over a short distance, resulting in shearing or descending effects) and brake failure.
In a video that shows the runway at the time of the accident, air traffic control says it will change the direction of the landings. It is a commonplace change, according to experts, and indicates that the wind was impacting the operation.