Brazilian Jet Makes Skid Landing
Nov. 18, 1999
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ A Brazilian jetliner with 113 people aboard skidded to a halt Thursday after its landing gear apparently failed, airport officials said. No one was injured.
The passengers and crew members on board TAM Airlines' Fokker 100 were evacuated and the airport was closed for 30 minutes until a secondary landing strip was opened, a spokeswoman for Santos Dumont airport said.
The plane, which was on a morning shuttle run from Sao Paulo to Rio, tilted to one side on touchdown and skidded across the grass strip separating the tarmac from Rio's Guanabara Bay, the spokeswoman said.
On Oct. 31, 1996 a TAM Fokker-100 crashed into a crowded neighborhood minutes after taking off from San Paulo's Congonhas airport. The crash killed all 96 on board and three people on the ground.