More than 70 dead

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

HERE’S what we know – and don’t know – about flight LMI 2933, which crashed into the Colom­bian moun­tains on Novem­ber 28 with a Brazil­ian foot­ball team on board, killing 71 peo­ple. Six peo­ple sur­vived.

What hap­pened? The char­ter flight from the Bo­li­vian city of Santa Cruz re­ported “elec­tri­cal fail­ures” around 10pm.

Soon af­ter, the plane crashed just short of its des­ti­na­tion, the Medellin in­ter­na­tional air­port in north­west­ern Colom­bia.

The plane broke apart on im­pact in the re­mote moun­tains of Cerro Gordo, leav­ing the shat­tered white fuse­lage plas­tered on a hill­side.

The plane’s two black boxes have been found. Of­fi­cials did not im­me­di­ately say how long it would take to an­a­lyse their con­tents.

A Colom­bian mil­i­tary source told AFP the plane did not ex­plode on im­pact, rais­ing sus­pi­cions it had run out of fuel when it crashed.

The moun­tain­ous ter­rain is very dif­fi­cult to ac­cess, a lo­cal of­fi­cial said.

Res­cuers had to hike for more than half an hour to reach the site.

How many died? Colom­bia’s dis­as­ter man­age­ment agency said 71 peo­ple were killed.

It low­ered an ini­tial death toll of 75 given by the civil avi­a­tion au­thor­ity af­ter it emerged that four peo­ple on the pas­sen­ger man­i­fest had not in fact boarded the plane.

Six peo­ple sur­vived: three play­ers, two crew mem­bers and a jour­nal­ist.

The sur­vivors are be­ing treated in hospi­tal.

The re­gional gover­nor, Luis Perez, said it was a “mir­a­cle” they sur­vived.

Who were the vic­tims? The plane was car­ry­ing club team Chapecoense Real to the first game of a two-leg fi­nal to de­cide the Copa Su­damer­i­cana, South Amer­ica’s sec­ond-big­gest club tour­na­ment.

Based in the city of Chapeco in south­ern Brazil, the un­sung team was hav­ing a Cin­derella sea­son af­ter de­fy­ing the odds to reach the Copa Su­damer­i­cana fi­nals.

The team’s goal­keeper Mar­cos Danilo Padilha, 31, died on the way to hospi­tal af­ter the crash, the civil avi­a­tion au­thor­ity said.

His last-minute save in the semi­fi­nal had sealed the team’s spot in the fi­nal.

There were 20 Brazil­ian jour­nal­ists among the dead. –

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