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TAM Linhas Aéreas Crash on 17th July Airbus A320-233 Paulo, Brazil

TAM Flight 3054 was a regular flight from Porto Alegre, Brazil, to São Paulo-Congonhas, Brazil.


  • The plane was carrying 181 passengers, all of whom died in the crash.

  • The plane was carrying 6 crewmembers, all of whom died in the crash.

  • The plane killed 11 people on the ground, all of whom died in the crash.

  • The Airbus A320 skid off the end of the rain-soaked runway cleared the airport fence and slammed into a TAM building.

  • A video shows the plane touching down then speeding up.

  • One of the Airbus 320's two thrust reversers was deactivated.

  • Flying with only one thrust reverser is allowed and considered "safe", but reduces braking power.

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