Fascinating Account of a Mid-Air Collision Over Brazil

William Langewiesche (son of Wolfgang of Stick-and-Rudder fame) has written a feature for the January 2009 issue of Vanity Fair about the mid-air collision between a Boeing 737 and a business jet over Brazil in December 2006.

The story of the mid-air is in the news again following the release of an official report (pdf) from the Brazilian air force and a rebuttal from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.

Langewiesche has published a series of informative reports and books that touch on aviation, including his account of the Columbia Shuttle accident (for the Atlantic) and Inside the Sky: A Meditation on Flight, a book that includes his reflections on being a pilot and thoughts about other flyers.

Update: Joe Sharkey, a freelance travel writer and columnist for the NY Times, isn’t happy with Langewiesche’s account. Sharkey was on board the business jet involved in the collision, and Langewiesche describes him in unflattering terms in his Vanity Fair article. To read Sharkey’s reactions to the magazine article and other events related to the accident, see his blog, High Anxiety.

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