Bolivia suspends airline after deadly crash in Colombia
MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA >> Bolivia’s Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday indefinitely suspended operations of the airline behind this week’s air tragedy in Colombia, as relatives of the victims spoke out in anger, many saying the crash was avoidable.
The Bolivian agency said it was stopping all flights operated by LaMia airlines, amid reports its charter aircraft ran out of fuel moments before slamming into the Andes mountains on Monday, killing all but six of the 77 people on board.
Many of the victims were players and coaches from a smalltown Brazilian soccer team that was headed to the finals of one of South America’s most prestigious tournaments after a fairytale season that had captivated their soccer-crazed nation.
Grieving relatives of the dead spoke out in disbelief and anger on Thursday after a recording of conversations between a pilot of the doomed flight and air traffic controllers, as well as the account of a surviving flight attendant indicated the plane ran out of fuel.