Domenica, 04 Dicembre, 2016

Families prepare to receive the dead from Colombia crash

Rescue workers arrive at Colombia plane crash site Watch | Rescue workers arrive at Colombia plane crash site 00:32
Elettra Stolfi | 02 Dicembre, 2016, 12:09

While the probe into the crash continued, fans of Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional de Medellin - the team Chapecoense was due to play on Wednesday in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final - staged candlelight vigils at their respective stadiums.

The flight had been in the air for about 4 hours and 20 minutes when air traffic controllers in Medellin put it into a holding pattern because another flight had reported a suspected fuel leak and was given priority.

"Look how complicated that flight was going to be even if it had arrived", Brasiliano said tearfully of the team's itinerary, which included a flight from Sao Paulo to Bolivia on a commercial airliner before the ill-fated flight to Medellin.

Six people miraculously survived the crash.

Chape, as the team is called locally, reached the top of South American soccer without any superstars or any players from Brazil's celebrated national team. Three players, two crew members and one journalist survived.

The Bolivian Civil Aviation Authority announced Thursday it was indefinitely suspending all flights operated by LaMia, and also suspending some aviation officials for the duration of the investigation.

Quiroga replied: 'We have a fuel emergency, ma'am, that's why I am asking you for it at once, full stop.

"Miss, LaMia 933 is in complete failure, complete electrical failure, without fuel", the pilot says in the recording. "I can say with absolute certainty that for my part, I did everything humanly possible and technically required to keep those (people) alive", she said in a statement.

Colombia's Civil Aeronautics agency said the time sequence of the tape was "inexact", and had no comment on the content of the tape.

Investigators will "establish the reason why the crew, and the offices of the airline, allowed the plane to have an insufficient amount of fuel", he said.

Williams Brasiliano, uncle of midfielder Arthur Maia, said the crash was avoidable if the team had chosen a commercial airline to travel to Colombia - not a charter.

At the San Vicente funeral home, victims' families gathered in mourning.

In Medellin and Chapeco, fans held homages to the team. "He was like a son, a brother to me", he said, his voice trembling. "And now he's like this, in a coffin".

Last night, tens of thousands of fans came together at the Medellin stadium, and at Chapecoense's home ground in Chapeco, to pay tributes to the 19 players lost in the crash.

"Profit brings greed", Machado said. Another defender for the team, Alan Ruschel has undergone surgery on his spine.

Journalist Rafael Henzel and player Helio Neto were listed as stable.

Officials said the weather on the night was bad.

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