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Línea Aérea Mérida Internacional de Aviación: Low fuel caused deadly crash

Línea Aérea Mérida Internacional de Aviación: Low fuel caused deadly crash

The LaMia airlines plane that crashed last month near the northwestern city of Medellin, Colombia, killing 71 people, the majority of them members of Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer club, was low on fuel and overloaded, Colombian civil aviation agency Aerocivil said in its preliminary report on the accident Monday.

LaMia, short for Línea Aérea Mérida Internacional de Aviación, is a Bolivian charter airline headquartered in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. It has its origins in the failed Venezuelan airline of the same name


According to the secretary of aircraft safety at Aerocivil, Col. Fredy Bonilla, on the recordings from the aircraft cabin of the Bolivian airliner, the pilot and copilot are heard talking about possibly making a stop at Leticia, Colombia, or at Bogota, “because they were almost out of fuel,” but they finally decided against it.

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