After seeing these pictures I am having serious doubt that the Legacy collided with the GOL 737-800 as the damage to both frames should have been relatively minor IMO, judging from the damage the Legacy recieved. As the damage on the Legacy is all on the left hand side, it only leaves two options where they could have hit the 738:
- Right belly forward, with the Legacy diving under the 738. Assuming that the winglet hit the forward part of the 738, the damage to the horizontal stabilizer is extremly small when the 738 is moving at the same time with over 800 kph. It could however have resulted in depressurization of the 738. In addition the Winglet might have hit th flight deck, but IMO the winglet should not have been able to move through the whole flight deck, leaving at least one crew member in the position to fly the 738.
- Left belly aftward, with the Legacy diving under the 738. However, except for depressurization, where could the winglet have hit the 738 in such a way that it terminally damaged the plane?
In addition, judging from the angle of the Legacy must have been flying when hitting the GOL 738 (IF this was indeed the case, what I still doubt), both the GOL and the Legacy crew must have been able to see the other plane.
The more info is released, the stranger this crash gets...
[Edited 2006-10-01 20:43:52]
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