Panicked pilots of a doomed Brazilian plane are heard struggling to control the aircraft speeding down a rain-slicked runway in transcripts of a cockpit tape released yesterday. "Slow down! Turn, turn, turn!" screams the co-pilot. "I can't," says the pilot. "Oh my God! Oh my God!" The plane crashed, killing 200 people.
Transcripts suggest that failure of the aerodynamic braking system or pilot error may have contributed to the crash. That takes some heat off the Brazilian government, under fire for chaos in its air transport system and failure to upgrade the problematic runway. "That is the classic aircraft accident. Not just one thing caused it, but rather a cascading series of events," said one safety expert.