Thursday, December 1, 2016

Doomed plane ran out of fuel: pilot

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

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.

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 Medellin, killing 71 of the 77 people on board, including 19 Chapecoense footballers.

The absence of an explosion at the moment of impact added further weight to the pilot's assertion that the plane ran out of fuel.

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