What do we know about the accident that killed Marília Mendonça

An air accident occurred this Friday inside MG. Brazilian Civilian Police and Air Force investigate causes | Photo: Reproduction PMMG

The Civil Police of Minas Gerais (PCMG) and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) are working to investigate the causes of the plane crash that killed singer Marília Mendonça and four others on Friday after -midi (5) in Piedade de Caratinga, inside Minas Gerais.

An investigation was opened by PCMG to investigate the case, and agents were at the scene of the accident on Saturday with a team from the Aviation Accident Investigation and Prevention Center (Cenipa) of the FAB. Investigations are still ongoing.

The Minas Gerais Energy Company (Cemig) reported that before the crash, the twin-engine plane carrying the singer and other victims struck the cable of a company’s distribution tower. However, it is not yet known whether the aircraft fell as a result of the collision with the transmission line cable or whether it struck the already falling equipment due to some other type of problem. .

Regarding a possible mechanical failure, the company PEC Taxi Aéreo, responsible for the aircraft, published a note informing that the aircraft involved was regular with the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac) and met the requirements to operate . Subsequently, Anac confirmed that the aircraft was in good condition and had clearance for an air taxi. The company also said the crew were properly qualified by the regulatory agency and had extensive aviation experience.

This Sunday afternoon (7), a team from PEC Taxi Aéreo concluded the withdrawal of the aircraft from the site of the accident. The operation was carried out using a helicopter and a crane. After removal, the plane will be taken to Caratinga airport, where it should have landed, in the municipality of Ubaporanga (MG).

The plane did not have a black box

Cenipa reported on Saturday afternoon (6) that the plane did not have a flight recorder, commonly referred to as a black box. The device, which records audio flight information, is not needed on small airplanes.

According to the agency, only one geolocator was found on the plane that can be used to compare the flight plan. The device is one of the proofs for understanding the causes of the accident.

Cenipa also informed that all evidence that could be used in the investigation has already been removed from the plane and experts will no longer enter the plane. Now, the agency is awaiting the removal of the wreckage, which must be carried out by PEC Táxi Aéreo, to begin another stage of the investigation.

Cause of death

The reason for the death of the singer and her team has not yet been confirmed. However, in an interview with RecordTV on Saturday, Coroner Pedro Coelho, in charge of the autopsy in the city of Caratinga, said the most likely cause was blunt and multiple trauma. “These are blunt injuries to several vital organs. We still can’t determine which came first, but there are several potentially fatal injuries, ”the coroner said.

The PCMG reported, this Sunday morning (7), that the biological material of the victims had already been delivered to the Legal Medical Institute (IML) of Belo Horizonte, which will carry out the necessary analyzes to elucidate the causes of death.

According to experts, in addition to forensic and investigative work at the accident site, there are still additional tests – which can take up to a fortnight – to complete the expert reports.

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