Plane Crash in Sao Paulo

An awful plane crash this evening in Sao Paulo has left many dead.

We did not fly in and out of this airport on our recent trip to Sao Paulo, but we did pass by it. We drove on that highway. We know what it looks like during rush hour. Our missionary friends often have friends or family or other missionaries flying in and out of that smaller airport, where this crash happened. We’re waiting to hear back from them to make sure our friends are OK.

We met a firefighter while we were there. He’s a young guy, full of life, friendly. I can’t remember his real name. I couldn’t pronounce it. But he told us his nickname is Negro (Nay-gro), which means black. He does have very dark skin, darker than most of the other people we met there. And he laughed when he asked us to please call him Negro. We told him people in the US wouldn’t really like that nickname. He laughed.

Negro told us that he doesn’t really fight many fires because most of the buildings are made of cement. He usually responds to car wrecks, lots of car wrecks. And that wasn’t surprising to us at all as we rode around the city. Most drivers in Sao Paulo seem to think the painted lanes on the streets are merely suggestions and that if you honk your horn before running a red light, it makes it OK.

I’m thinking about Negro tonight. I’m sure he’s fighting the fire at the scene of this plane crash. We’ve already prayed for his safety.

Please pray for the people of Sao Paulo tonight. I can’t imagine sitting in rush hour traffic on a very busy highway and watching a jet come skidding toward me. And rush hour traffic in Sao Paulo is bumper-to-bumper, stand-still traffic. No room to move out of a jet’s way. That’s for sure.

Please pray for opportunities for the missionaries and Christians to show Christ’s love in the upcoming days.



Filed under Christianity, current events, missions

6 responses to “Plane Crash in Sao Paulo

  1. João da Silva

    Brazilian federal governement can be considered at least partialy responsible for the last major aerial accidents here in Brazil. Lula abandoned public investments in infra-estructure in all sectors and don’t make any enffort to reduce the major fiscal weight that makes impossible to the private sector succeed. Medium-class citizens and small or middium size entrepeneurs are suffering a lot because all the money goes to very inefficient and corrupt social programs (to buy votes and suport) or to the banckers (the ones that really rule in Brazil). Brazilian middle class is disapering: in terms of economic power – or in the case of this horrible accident – phisically. Our governement is only good in one thing: making merchandising.

  2. Joe

    The previous comment is unfortunate and totally out of context. It is not the time to make criticism against the brazilian government.
    This is a major tragedy. Too early to say who is responsible for what happened. People should not make rushed judgment.
    I saw the video on msnbc and they were making gross mistakes. They made comments about the fuselage of the airplane being intact but in reality they were looking at an image painted on the side wall of the building that was hit by the jet. It just so happens that it belongs to TAM airlines.
    I have flown many times in and out of that airport and it is very convenient since it is right there, very close to downtown. Accidents like these show that safety should always come before convenience. I had a friend that was in a TAM airlines plane that took off from that same airport but crashed minutes after its departure. That was almost 11 years ago but memories came right back when I heard about tonight’s accident.

    It is so sad to witness a tragedy right when the country is celebrating a great sporting event, the Pan-Am games, in Rio. Unfortunately now it will be remembered as the games of the jet tragedy.

    My condolences to the families and friends.

  3. João da Silva

    Well, my friend, I live in Porto Alegre. I was near the Porto Alegre airport when the accident happened in São Paulo. It’s a tragic horrible “accident”. The family victims and friends are suffering a lot and I’m sure they are a lot anger than I am with the goverment. You are not here in Brazil, there are dialogues between traffic controllers recorded about the very bad conditions on the airport. The problem have already existed for a long time. If you only understand English, BBC already published a “new piece” of information for you. PS: Pan games will be the next scandal here in Brazil, the expenses were over-budget by 3 billions! (400 millions initial calculation, 3.5 billions spent). The money could be used to resolve several major brazilian issues, included several problems on our aerial traffic and airports and help to avoid more people being “killed”.

    My condolences to the families and friends.

  4. Joe

    My final comment here.

    I am following the issues with the air traffic controllers and other political scandals that plague the country. You don’t need to live there to be informed. Don’t judge people that you don’t know.

    The lady that owns this blog seems to be a compassionate and caring person (lovely family picture by the way). This is the message that she relays in her post. You should take your political criticism to a more appropriate forum.

    If you can, help transform the anger and frustration into positive and constructive things.

    Peace out.

  5. If you want to see how difficult is to land into Congonhas Airport – Sao Paulo – Brazil, watch the video at Google Video search for Announced Tragedy or use this site – It was filmed by a pilot when he was landing a airplane in a cloudy day – Amazing.

  6. Thanks for your comments.

    I can certainly understand the frustrations toward the government in Brazil. I don’t mind your sharing those frustrations here. I think it helps those of us who do not live in Brazil to see your perspective. (I do appreciate your concern, though, Joe.)

    Let’s pray this tragedy brings about some needed changes and that God uses this for temporal good but also – and most importantly – for eternal good.

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