Bolivian authorities suspend airline after Colombia flight crash

Published on : Friday, December 2, 2016

colombia-crashThe authorities in Bolivia decided to suspend the license of the charter airline, after a jet from the airline crashed due to fuel shortage and killed 71 air travellers including players from Brazilian soccer team.



The tragic crash occurred on Monday, 28th November, where a plane, operated by LaMia Bolivia airline, crashed on a hillside near Medellin in Colombia. According to the experts, the wreckage of the BAe 146 suggested that the crash occurred as there was not enough fuel.



As per International flight regulations, a flight must carry enough fuel so that it can fly for 30 minutes even after reaching the destination.



The secretary of airline security at Colombia’s aviation authority, Freddy Bonilla informed that in this case, sadly, the aircraft did not have enough fuel to meet the regulations for contingency.



Keeping in mind the devastating crash, the Bolivian authorities decided to suspend the operating licence of LaMia and also decided to replace the management officials of the aviation authority to maintain transparency during the investigation.



The air traffic controller, who received the distress call of the pilot of the jet, Yaneth Molina mentioned in a letter that she did all that was humanly possible and technically necessary to preserve the lives of the passengers, but unfortunately her efforts weren’t enough.



The chief executive officer of LaMia, Gustavo Vargas stated that the flight was correctly inspected before departing with all the passengers and he also informed that the flight had fuel to fly for almost four hours and a half.



One of the spokesmen for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in Britain informed that the black boxes of the flight would be transported to UK by the Colombian authorities.

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