What I want to know is this: HOW IN THE WORLD DID TWO AIRPLANES CRASH INTO ONE ANOTHER IN MID AIR?? It seems like it would be very difficult to do. Wikipedia says the accident triggered a major crisis in the Brazilian civil airline market. I would imagine so!
I continued my research and found an entire list on Wikipedia of all "notable" civilian and military mid-air collisions. The first one recorded is from 1938. The most recent one is from this July, when two news helicopters collided over Phoenix, Arizona while covering a police chase. One of them was broadcasting live when it happened. You can see videos on YouTube. Second fascinating mid-air collision: 1988. Two Aermacchi MB-339 collided during an airshow above Ramstein Air Base and fell onto the audience. I wonder if people thought it was part of the show for a while.
All told there have been 25 "notable mid-air collisions" according to Wikipedia. The 60s and 70s seem to be the worst decades with 10 between them.