Bo­livia sus­pends air­line af­ter crash; fam­i­lies speak out

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

Bo­livia’s Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity on Thurs­day in­def­i­nitely sus­pended op­er­a­tions of the air­line be­hind Mon­day’s air tragedy in Colom­bia.

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, killing all but six of the 77 peo­ple on board.

Many of the vic­tims were play­ers and coaches from a small-town Brazil­ian soc­cer team that was headed to the fi­nals of one of South Amer­ica’s most pres­ti­gious tour­na­ments af­ter a fairy-tale sea­son that had cap­ti­vated their soc­cer-crazed na­tion.

Griev­ing rel­a­tives of the dead spoke out Thurs­day in dis­be­lief and anger 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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