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Colombia Plane Crash: Leaked Audio Shows Pilot Said He Ran Out Of Fuel

The chartered flight carrying a Brazilian team ran out of fuel before crashing into a Colombian hillside, a leaked audio recording has revealed.

(Photo: Agencia Fides / @noticiasfides)

(Photo: Agencia Fides / @noticiasfides)

The pilot of the British Aerospace CP-2933 aircraft can be heard requesting permission to land, citing “fuel problems.”

An air traffic controller told the pilot to maintain a circular holding pattern while another plane with mechanical problems was given priority to land.

Plane CP-2933 that was reportedly carrying the Brazilian football team Chapecoense which reportedly crashed in Colombia

Plane CP-2933 that was carrying the Brazilian football team which crashed in

In the frantic final seconds of the conversation, the pilot says he is flying at an altitude of 9,000 feet (2,743 metres) and shouts “complete electrical failure, no fuel.”

Moments later the plane slammed into the the Cerro Gordo mountain on the outskirts of , killing 71 of the 77 people on board, including 19 Chapecoense footballers.

chapecoense-plane-crashThe absence of an explosion at the moment of impact added further weight to the pilot’s assertion that the plane ran out of fuel.

Authorities are investigating whether the lack of fuel was caused by a leak or because the plane did not carry enough.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is expected to take months as authorities check the aircraft’s history and data stored in two black boxes.


Fans gather in Medellin, Colombia

Fans gather in Medellin, Colombia

While the probe into the crash continued, fans of Chapecoense and 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.

Tens of thousands of fans turned up clad in white at Atletico Nacional’s Atanasio Girardot stadium in a moving display of solidarity with the Brazilian club.

“Everybody has been so affected by this. We have come here to show our support for Chapecoense and the families of all the people who died,” said Atletico Nacional fan Liliana Echeverry.

Fans mourn the loss of 71 players, staff and journalists

Fans mourn the loss of 71 players, staff and journalists

It was not the first heartwarming gesture from Atletico Nacional since the tragedy.

On Tuesday the Colombian outfit issued a statement requesting that Chapecoense be awarded the Copa Sudamericana title “in posthumous homage to the victims killed in the accident.”

The club's remaining players during the tribute in Chapeco

The club’s remaining players during the tribute in Chapeco

Rival Brazilian clubs also rallied behind their crestfallen rival. Coritiba, Corinthians, Palmeiras, Portuguesa, Santos and Sao Paulo issued a joint statement in which they offered to loan players for free in 2017. They also called for Chapecoense to be exempt from relegation to Serie B for the next three seasons.

Meanwhile, players such as , and also expressed their support on social media.


The last reported picture of Brazil’’s Chapecoense Real football team who were in the plane crash in Colombia (Image Courtesy: Twitter)

The last reported picture of ’’s Chapecoense Real football team who were in the plane crash in Colombia (Image Courtesy: Twitter)

Chapecoense, who were struggling in Brazil’s fourth division seven years ago, were aiming to win their first continental title. The winner of the two-match Copa Sudamericana final would earn a beth in next year’s Copa Libertadores, South America’s equivalent of the .

“We have lost everything. Now we have to start again from zero. It’s so difficult to accept,” Chapecoense vice president Ivan Tozzo said.

Photo Courtesy: Twitter

Photo Courtesy: Twitter

The tragedy has also deeply affected Chapeceonse’s home of Chapeco, a city of less than 200,000 people in Brazil’s southern state of Santa Catarina.

In the past two days thousands of mourners have congregated at the club’s Conda Arena stadium, many wearing the team’s green and white colors. Most businesses and schools have remained closed.

chapecoenseChapecoense officials have announced that a mass wake for victims of the crash will be held at its stadium after all of the bodies are recovered.


Ruschel rushed to hospital

Ruschel rushed to hospital

The six people pulled alive from the wreckage of the plane were Chapecoense footballers Helio Zampier, Alan Ruschel and Jakson Follmann; journalist Rafael Henzel; and flight attendants Ximena Suarez and Erwin Tumiri.

The most serious case is that of goalkeeper Follmann, who has had one leg partially amputated and is in danger of losing the other.

plane-carrying-brazilian-football-team-chapecoense-crashes-in-colombia-29-nov-2016Doctors said the other survivors remained in hospital with fractures and trauma, among other injuries.

Goalkeeper Danilo was rescued alive from the crash site but later died in the hospital.

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