"The National Syndicate of Aeronauts (SNA) declares that it is going to the Minister of Justice to ask for the removal of police institutions from the investigation into the accident with the TAM airplane.
The experience with the criminalization of the GOL accident, in which Air Traffic Controllers were indicted for an intentional crime, is considered an absurdity by the SNA, which repudiates that situation and alerts society to the possibility of our having Aviation Accident Final Reports deficiently or incompletely produced because of the interference of institutions foreign to the CENIPA investigation.
We counsel a completely independent organization for the investigation of air traffic control accidents, assisting the Presidency of the Republic, so that the country can be in harmony with what is foreseen in the 1944 Chicago Convention, to which Brazil is a signatory, and which regulates, through Annex 13 of ICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization, the investigation of accidents and the protection of Flight Safety information, this last situation recommended by Appendix E of the cited annex.
The SNA calls society's attention to the need to safeguard the work of the CENIPA Investigative Commission from any sort of external pressure, to allow the discovery of the real factors that contributed to the GOL and TAM accidents, since it is this commission's responsibility to issue safety recommendations, preventive instruments that can avoid other identical accidents.
The National Syndicate of Aeronauts also warns of the current use of crew members at the limits of Professional Regulation because of the airlines' new management model which has more condensed route networks and uses aircraft on the order of 14 hours per day. It was emphasized that obeying the regulations covering aeronauts is an import item in maintaining Operational Safety.
As a final point, the syndicate declares that it is in favor of construction work at