Soc­cer crash pi­lot ‘not trained prop­erly’

Spot­ted the plane, but it was not cer­tain that the plane saw the run­way,” he said. He did not rule out that the plane hit a moun­tain. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der­way. Su­mintaat­madja said the air­craft, pur­chased from Aus­tralia, where it was first used in the

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in La Paz, Bolivia AP

The pi­lot i n t he plane crash that killed 7 1 peo­ple trav­el­ing to Colom­bia on a Bo­li­vian char­ter i nclud­ing foot­ballers from Brazil had not flown enough hours to pi­lot com­mer­cial flights, a copi­lot’s at­tor­ney said on Satur­day.

“We have been able to demon­strate that pi­lot Miguel Quiroga had not com­pleted the train­ing hours re­quired” to fly com­mer­cially, Omar Du­ran, at­tor­ney for the fam­ily of copi­lot Fer­nando Goy­tia — who like Quiroga was killed in the crash — told state news agency ABI.

The LaMia air­lines plane slammed into the moun­tains out­side Medellin in Colom­bia on Nov 29, killing most of Brazil­ian foot­ball team Chapecoense Real as they trav­eled to a match.

A har­row­ing record­ing has emerged of the pi­lot ra­dio­ing Mil­i­tary trans­port plane crashes in Pa­pua; 13 dead the con­trol tower to re­port he was out of fuel. Six peo­ple sur­vived the crash.

“Ap­par­ently in 2013, some fal­si­fied in­for­ma­tion was re­layed and de­spite the fact au­thor­i­ties ver­ify that (Quiroga) did not have the flight hours re­quired he got his li­cense,” in Bolivia, Du­ran said.

Copi­lot Goy­tia was aware but did not dis­close the facts to pro­tect the air­line’s rep­u­ta­tion, the at­tor­ney added.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing, but Colom­bia’s civil avi­a­tion safety chief has said the plane dis­re­garded in­ter­na­tional rules on fuel re­serves.

Bolivia has sus­pended the air­line’s per­mit and ar­rested its man­ager and his son, who is an of­fi­cial in the civil avi­a­tion au­thor­ity.

JOHN MINCHILLO / AP

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