The National Transportation Safety Board assisted in the investigation of the midair collision over the Brazilian Amazon jungle on September 29, 2006 between a Boeing 737-800 (PR-GTD) operated by Gol Airlines of Brazil, and an Embraer Legacy 600 business jet (N600XL) owned and operated by Excelaire of Long Island NY.
The accident investigation was under the authority of the Brazilian Centro de Investigação e Prevenção de Acidentes Aeronáuticos ( - CENIPA). Under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13, the United States, as state of registry and operator of the Excelaire Legacy, and state of manufacture of the Boeing 737 and Honeywell avionics equipment in both airplanes, provided an accredited representative and technical advisors. The U.S. team included an accredited representative from the NTSB's Major Investigations Division as well as NTSB technical advisors in operations, systems, air traffic control, flight recorders, and aircraft performance. Additional technical advisors from Boeing, Excelaire, Honeywell, and FAA were also included.
The accredited representative and advisors participated throughout the investigation in Brazil and in the United States, including a recent final meeting in Brasilia. In May of 2007, the NTSB issued three safety recommendations to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration as a result of findings discovered as part of the NTSB's participation in the investigation. In accordance with ICAO Annex 13 procedures, the U.S. accredited representative provided detailed comments on November 18, 2008 to CENIPA's draft report, which have been appended to the final version of the CENIPA investigative report. All of these documents are available at the following links.
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