US pilots avoid jail in fatal Brazil air collision case
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US pilots avoid jail in fatal Brazil air collision case

Mato Verde : Brazil | May 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM PDT
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A Brazilian judge had sentenced two US pilots in absentia to four years and four months for their role during a brutal air crash over the Amazon in the year of 2006.

Joseph Lepore and Jan Paul Paladino did not check that the equipment transmitting their position and altitude had been working properly.

But the judge had exchanged their sentences to community service in the United States.

In the month of September in 2006, the pilots' small jet and a Brazilian passenger plane had collided, which had killed 154 people.

It had been one of the worst crashes in Brazilian history.

Judge Mendes had stated that the pilots were negligent in failing to check that their plane's transponder had been working and was giving accurate information about their speed, along with their height and position.

"They were passengers for an hour," the judge had stated. "An hour in aviation time is an eternity."

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