Teori Zavascki

Teori Albino Zavascki (15 August 1948 – 19 January 2017) was a Brazilian judge who served as a Minister of the Superior Court of Justice from 8 May 2003 until 29 November 2012,[1] appointed by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and as a Minister of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil from 29 November 2012[2] until his death in 19 January 2017, having been appointed to the position by President Dilma Rousseff. At the time of his death he was the justice in charge of the trials resulting from Operation Car Wash.[3][4]

Teori Zavascki
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Justice of the Supreme Federal Court
In office
29 November 2012 – 19 January 2017
Appointed byDilma Rousseff
Preceded byCezar Peluso
Succeeded byAlexandre de Moraes
Justice of the Superior Court of Justice
In office
8 May 2003 – 29 November 2012
Appointed byLuiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Preceded byJacy Garcia Vieira
Succeeded byRegina Helena Costa
Personal details
Teori Albino Zavascki

(1948-08-15)15 August 1948
Faxinal dos Guedes, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Died19 January 2017(2017-01-19) (aged 68)
Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cause of deathPlane crash
Resting placeJardim da Paz Cemitery
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Spouse(s)Liana Maria Prehn Zavascki (1972–2004), Maria Helena Marques de Castro (2004–2013)
ChildrenAlexandre Prehn Zavascki
Liliana Maria Prehn Zavascki
Francisco Prehn Zavascki
MotherPia Maria Fontana Zavascki
FatherSeverino Zavascki
Alma materLaw School, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)


Zavascki was killed in an air disaster in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro on 19 January 2017. Official enquiries into the crash began on 20 January[5] and the cockpit voice recorder was recovered. Also killed were four other people on board, including the pilot, and Carlos Alberto Fernandes Filgueiras [pt], a partner in BTG Pactual, whose president, André Esteves, had been arrested in the Operation Car Wash investigation.[6] More than two hundred politicians and business people were possibly implicated in a graft scheme that Zavascki was investigating.[7]

Final Investigation ResultsEdit

On 22.01.2018, the Aeronautical Accidents Investigation and Prevention Center (Centro de Investigação e Prevenção de Acidentes Aeronáuticos, CENIPA) presented their final report. The conclusion was that there was no shortage of kerosene. Apparently the accident was caused by three major factors:[8][9]

  • Bad visual climate conditions. At the time of the accident the horizontal visibility was 1500 meters and the rainfall was 25 mm/h.
  • Cultural practices of the pilots: the investigations found that several pilots who fly in this region rely heavily on their experience and don't follow strict security procedures, including informal practices which inhibit an adequate analysis of the risks involved in this specific landing procedure.
  • Spatial disorientation: as a consequence of the bad visibility, the flight curve executed, the low level above the sea and the stress of the pilot, he probably lost control of the plane.


  1. ^ "STJ - Ministros Aposentados e Ex-Ministros" (in Portuguese). Superior Tribunal de Justiça. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Teori Zavascki toma posse como ministro do STF (Portuguese)". STF. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Plane carrying Brazil Supreme Court judge crashes into sea". 19 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017 – via Reuters.
  4. ^ Langlois, Jill. "Brazilian Supreme Court justice, who oversaw corruption case, is killed in plane crash". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Brazil begins probe of plane crash that killed top court justice". Reuters. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Brazil judge who played key role in corruption investigation dies in plane crash". The Telegraph. Associated Press. January 19, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Funeral of major graft probe judge killed in plane crash". Reuters. 21 January 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  8. ^ "FAB divulga resultado de investigação sobre acidente com aeronave PR-SOM". Força Aérea Brasileira. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Relatório Final A-013/CENIPA/2017" (PDF). CENIPA. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Jacy Garcia Vieira
Justice of the Superior Court of Justice
Succeeded by
Regina Helena Costa
Preceded by
Cezar Peluso
Justice of the Supreme Federal Court
Succeeded by
Alexandre de Moraes