Bolivia suspends airline after crash; families speak out
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.