Colombia crash: Plane may have run out of fuel

2016-12-01 06:02
Colombian rescue workers recover the bodies of the victims of the plane crash near Medellin. (Luis Benavides, AP)

Colombian rescue workers recover the bodies of the victims of the plane crash near Medellin. (Luis Benavides, AP)

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WATCH: Data shows flight path of plane carrying Chapecoense team

2016-11-30 13:26

Some of the first daylight visuals, and the flight path, of the ill-fated British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane that was carrying Brazil's Chapecoense football team have emerged. Watch.WATCH

Medellin - Colombia was on Wednesday investigating what made a charter plane crash into its northwestern mountains, killing 71 people including most of a Brazilian football team and 20 journalists.

Football fans were in tears in the team's hometown of Chapeco and their opponents mourned in the Colombian city of Medellin, where the doomed flight crashed on Monday.

Officials and media reports in Brazil and Colombia speculated that the plane might have run out of fuel or suffered a technical fault.

No explosion

The Brazilian club Chapecoense Real was on the way to crowning a fairytale year in the Copa Sudamericana final against Medellin side Atletico Nacional.

The crash cut short their dream, sending the football world into mourning.

Announcing the crash on Monday night, the aviation authority said the plane had reported electrical problems just before the crash.

But a Colombian military source said: "It is very suspicious that despite the impact there was no explosion. That reinforces the theory of the lack of fuel."

Colombia's civil aviation authority said in a statement it hoped to establish the cause of Monday night's crash "as soon as possible."

British and Brazilian investigators headed to Colombia to help with the probe, authorities said.

The charter flight run by Bolivian airline LAMIA crashed in mountains at an altitude of 3 300m as it approached its destination, authorities said.

Officials said the weather on the night was bad.

Along with 71 bodies, investigators recovered the black boxes from the British Aerospace 146 charter plane from the remote crash site.

"When the black box is opened, nothing will be lost. It will reveal everything," said Colombian Transport Minister Jorge Eduardo Rojas.

Bolivian civil aviation chief Cesar Varela told reporters "the crew had their licenses in order. Everything was in order."

National mourning

Six people miraculously survived the crash. Three of the survivors were footballers, but goalkeeper Jakson Follmann had his right leg amputated, said the San Vicente Foundation Hospital outside Medellin.

Two flight crew and a journalist following Chapecoense for the game against Medellin also survived.

Four people did not turn up for the flight, including a journalist and two politicians.

Brazil ordered three days of national mourning for the team.

Fans flocked to the Chapecoense stadium to mourn the team, who have emerged from nowhere over the past two years to take South American football by storm.


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