The Civil Police of Minas Gerais concluded, on Thursday (25), that the singer Marília Mendonça and the team that was on the crashed plane in the interior of the state died from blunt polytrauma, caused by the crash of the aircraft against the ground.
Investigators are still working to identify what caused the fall of the twin-engine King Air C90A, last November 5, in the city of Piedade de Caratinga, 243 km from Belo Horizonte.
Thales Bittencourt, chief medical examiner of the IML (Legal Medical Institute) Belo Horizonte, details that several serious injuries were found in vital parts of the victims’ bodies, characterizing blunt polytrauma. A member of expertise had already advanced the possible report to R7. According to Bittencourt, the most affected areas were the skulls, thorax and abdomens of passengers and pilots.
The coroner also explains that no evidence was found that the crew died while in the air, due to the deceleration caused by the loss of the engine that hit the high-voltage cable of Cemig (Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais).
“It was an intensive trauma, due to an accident with extremely high energy”, details the investigator about the force of the impact of the aircraft when falling over the waterfall.
Also according to Thales Bittencourt, the examinations carried out with biological material from the victims ruled out the possibility that the pilot or copilot had become ill during the flight.
“The analysis of alcohol and toxicological content also did not show the consumption of substances or intoxications that could contribute to death”, adds the specialist on the reports referring to the five people who were on the aircraft.
In addition to the country singer, the pilot Geraldo Martins de Medeiros, co-pilot Tarciso Pessoa Viana, Marília’s uncle and advisor, Abicieli Silveira Dias Filho, and Henrique Ribeiro, the artist’s producer.
Chief Ivan Sales says that the causes of the accident are still being investigated. The Civil Police works to try to identify any person responsible for the tragedy.
To conclude the investigation, the police will count on the support of the report being produced by Cenipa (Center for Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents), of the FAB (Brazilian Air Force), responsible for the inspection of the aircraft.
According to Sales, agents are working to identify what caused the plane to reach the high-voltage network.
“one one line [de investigação] that there may have been some problem with the drivers, causing the aircraft to be at low altitude”, reports the delegate about one of the possible reasons for the accident.
The aircraft’s engines were taken for technical analysis at a factory in the city of São José da Lapa, in the metropolitan region of Belo Hoizonte. There is no deadline for completing the work.