Bo­livia sus­pends air­line after deadly crash in Colom­bia

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

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.

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