Pi­lot told Colom­bia con­trollers ‘no fuel’ be­fore crash

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

The pi­lot of the char­tered plane car­ry­ing a Brazil­ian soc­cer team told air traf­fic con­trollers he had run out of fuel and des­per­ately pleaded for per­mis­sion to land be­fore crash­ing into the An­des, ac­cord­ing to a leaked record­ing of the fi­nal min­utes of the doomed flight.

In the some­times chaotic ex­change with the air traf­fic tower, the pi­lot of the Bri­tish-built jet could be heard re­peat­edly re­quest­ing au­tho­riza­tion to land. “Com­plete elec­tri­cal fail­ure, with­out fuel,” he said in the tense fi­nal sec­onds be­fore the plane set off on a four-minute death spi­ral that ended with it slam­ming into a moun­tain­side Mon­day night.

A fe­male con­troller could be heard giv­ing in­struc­tions as the air­craft lost speed and al­ti­tude about eight miles from Medellin’s in­ter­na­tional air­port. Just be­fore go­ing silent the pi­lot said he was fly­ing at an al­ti­tude of 9,000 feet and made a fi­nal plea for a land­ing code: “Vec­tors, senorita. Land­ing vec­tors.”

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