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1996 Brazilian Flight Crashes Seconds After Takeoff

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Shortly into TAM Flight 402's takeoff from Congonhas Airport, the pilots are stunned when the plane tilts dangerously to the right. Seconds later, it crashes into a crowded Sao Paulo neighborhood.

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Not far from Congonhas Airport, a Sao Paulo neighborhood is in flames. It's a scene of devastation caused by a TAM Airlines plane that crashed just seconds after takeoff. With a shocked nation watching, investigators from the Brazilian Air Force join forces with the National Transportation Safety Board to learn what happened. After combing through more than a hundred parameters in search of a lead, they determine a series of malfunctions caused the accident, coupled with a mechanical failure so rare that pilots had received no training for it.

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