Jet ran out of fuel, pilot said in an au­dio

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Brazilia: The pilot of LAMIA Flight 2933, which crashed near Medellin, Colom­bia, said: “The plane is in to­tal elec­tric fail­ure and with­out fuel,” ac­cord­ing to two sources fa­mil­iar with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion who heard au­dio record­ings of con­ver­sa­tions be­tween the flight crew and air traf­fic con­trol. The au­dio was pub­lished in Colom­bian me­dia. Seventy-one peo­ple were killed in the crash, in­clud­ing mem­bers of a Brazil­ian soc­cer team.

As air safety of­fi­cials be­gin their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the deadly crash of LAMIA flight 2933 near Medellin, Colom­bia, the fi­nal rest­ing place of the jet’s wreck­age may prove to be a cen­tral clue in deter­min­ing why the air­plane crashed.

The crash killed at least 71 peo­ple dur­ing a char­ter flight to Medellin, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Brazil­ian Chapecoense soc­cer squad on its way to the Copa Su­damer­i­cana fi­nals. Two play­ers, two crew mem­bers and one jour­nal­ist sur­vived, Colom­bian au­thor­i­ties said.

The lack of ap­par­ent fire dam­age among the wreck­age of the Bri­tish Aerospace Avro RJ85 is point­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tors to con­sider fuel star­va­tion as one of the con­tribut­ing fac­tors to Mon­day’s crash, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the early in­quiry said.

Fuel star­va­tion oc­curs when fuel is cut off from the en­gines, caus­ing them to stop run­ning. It can be caused by a num­ber of fac­tors in­clud­ing a fuel leak, in­ter­nal ic­ing, fail­ure of the fuel pumps or gauges, or crew er­ror.

Al­fredo Bo­cane­gra, direc­tor of the Colom­bia Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity, said even though a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion pointed to an elec­tri­cal prob­lem, the pos­si­bil­ity the plane ran out of fuel has not been ruled out. CNN

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