Thursday, December 1, 2016

Colombia plane 'skipped refuel stop' before crash: The pilot was the one who took the decision

The plane that crashed in Colombia killing 71 people including Brazilian footballers had skipped a scheduled refuelling stop, media has quoted a representative of the Bolivian airline as saying.

The plane should have refuelled in Bogota but instead bypassed the Colombian capital and headed straight for its destination Medellin, Gustavo Vargas, a representative of airline LAMIA, was quoted as saying in Bolivian newspaper Pagina Siete.

"The pilot was the one who took the decision not to enter (into Bogota for refuelling), because he thought the fuel would last."

Only six people, three players, a journalist and two crew members, survived the crash when Chapecoense's charter plane, a BAe 146 made by BAE Systems Plc, hit a mountain en route to the Copa Sudamericana final in Medellin.

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