Colombia plane crash: Pilot stressed lack of fuel and electrical failure, requested to land

The recording of the last conversation between the LaMia Flight 2933 pilot and the air traffic control tower operator has been released. In the recording, the pilot stresses that the aircraft is experiencing an electrical failure and lack of fuel and requests to land immediately.
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The last conversation between the pilot of the plane that crashed late Monday night near Medellin, Colombia and the air traffic control tower operator revealed that the aircraft was running out of fuel and experiencing an electrical failure.

In the recording, the LaMia Flight 2933 pilot is heard asking repeatedly to land due to “total electrical failure” and “a lack of fuel.” Only six of the 81 passengers and flight crew members survived the crash. Most of the passengers were the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense players and sports journalists who were covering the team’s games.

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The recording confirms the general suspicion that the lack of fuel led to the crash. A Colombian military official told the French news agency AFP: “It’s very suspicious that despite the impact there was no explosion. That reinforces the theory of the lack of fuel.”

As reported earlier this week by JOL, Brazilian President Michel Temer declared three days of national mourning in light of the tragedy.

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