Soc­cer plane pi­lot ra­dioed ‘no fuel’ be­fore An­des crash

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

MEDELLIN | 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.

The crash claimed the lives of all but six of the 77 peo­ple on board, in­clud­ing mem­bers of Brazil’s Chape-co­ense soc­cer team trav­el­ing to Medellin for the Copa Su­damer­i­cana fi­nals — the cul­mi­na­tion a fairy tale sea­son that had elec­tri­fied soc­cer­crazed Brazil.

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