ON JULY 17, 2007, A TAM A320 touched down on Sao Paulo Conganhas's rain-slickened main runway but its 6,365 ft. were not sufficient for a safe landing. The skidding aircraft tragically overran the runway, slid across a multilane road and slammed into a TAM Cargo building. All 187 passengers and crew were killed, as were 12 occupants of the building, and the A320 was destroyed in Brazil's worst-ever airline accident. Curiously, despite that dramatic crash and others like it in recent years, ...

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