Many questions on the aftermath of Monday’s crash of the LaMia airlines charter flight carrying the flight crew, about 20 journalists, and the Associação Chapecoense de Futebol, a Brazilian soccer team traveling to the finals of the Copa Sudamericana.
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Authorities suggested a fuel shortage may have caused the crash as questions emerged about the use of a relatively short-range aircraft to make the transcontinental trip between Santa Cruz, Bolivia and Medellín, Colombia.
The distance between the two cities, according to Google Earth, is about 1,845 miles. The Avro RJ85’s maximum range with a full tank of fuel is 1,842 miles, according to a fact sheet on Airliners.net.
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According to reports from international media, the pilot of the downed plane, also appears to be the owner of the airline. It is highly unusual that the owner of an airline would also be piloting one of its aircraft.
Marca is also confirming this report, also suggesting that the downed plane was the only one of the company’s three that could fly, as the other two aircraft were being repaired at the time.
With all the mystery swirling around LAMIA many questions remain: Where was all that money going? Where were these supposed 12 aircraft that were already assembled and in the stage of certification and were obtained through the China-Venezuela agreement?
⚽️🇧🇷🎞 CONFIRMADO: El estremecedor audio del copiloto de Avianca que narra lo sucedido con el avión de #Chapecoense. pic.twitter.com/XnMuARWFF3
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Rick Lee says
Probably more money that went in some left wing crook’s pocket instead of to buy airplanes.
Red Flowers says
Darwin Award nominee 2016. Always have enough fuel to get where you are going. Flight School day 1, lesson 1. Law of Gravity is always enforced sooner or later.