National Transportation Safety Board
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The National Transportation Safety Board is assisting the government of Brazil in its investigation of yesterday's crash of an A-320 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The accident occurred when a TAM Airlines Airbus A- 320, (Brazil registration PR-MBK), en route from Porto Alegre to Sao Paulo, while landing at Congonhas Airport, departed airport boundaries and struck a building. Fire ensued on impact. It is reported that about 174 persons were on board.
NTSB Chairman Mark V. Rosenker has designated senior investigator William English as the U.S. Accredited Representative. He will be accompanied by representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, and International Aero Engines of East Hartford, Connecticut.
Brazil's Aeronautical Accident Prevention and Investigation Center (CENIPA) will release all information on the progress of the investigation.
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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.