Plane crash in Colombia: Part of the crew did not have flying authorization

Part of the crew of the plane that crashed in late November 2016 in Colombia, killing 71 people, did not have the necessary flight authorizations to conduct the flight, according to the lawyer of one of the involved parties, informs AFP on Thursday.

This accident has decimated almost the entire football team club Chapecoense, originally from the small Brazilian town Chapeco. The team was traveling to Colombia to dispute the final of the Copa Sudamericana, the second most important Latin American continental competition, against the Colombian team Atletico Nacional. Only six people have miraculously survived the accident.

According to the preliminary results of the investigation carried out by the Colombian officials, presented at the end of December, the Bolivian LaMia’s company did not have enough fuel.

Lawyer Jaime Cernadas, who defends Mauricio Duran, a member of the Civil Bolivian Aviation (DGAC) under investigation for having authorized the plane flight, told the daily El Deber that Fernando Ovary Goytia, the co-pilot of the flight, who had died in the accident, did not possess any authorization from the DGAC.

The daily newspaper pointed out that the flight mechanic Edwin Tumiri, one of the survivors, also did not have such authorization.

The crew, consisting of seven members, out of which five were Bolivian, one Paraguayan and a Venezuelan.

The discussion between the pilot of the plane that crashed in Colombia and the control tower was made public. The aircraft commander reported a total power up and running out of fuel.

The plane had lost speed and altitude while the pilot insistently requested the permission to land.