Bolivia defence minister calls Colombia plane crash ‘murder’

The minister says the plane crash, that killed 71 people, was "murder" because the pilot only had the exact amount of fuel needed for the flight in violation of civil aviation principles

By: AP | La Paz | Published:December 10, 2016 12:10 pm
Air force members and police accompany caskets containing the remains of Brazilian victims who died in a chartered flight, to a waiting cargo plane at the military airbase in Rio Negro, Colombia, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. The bodies of the Brazilian victims are being repatriated to Chapeco, the hometown of the Brazilian soccer team whose members were on the doomed LaMia flight along with a group of journalists, headed to the Copa Sudamericana finals. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) File Photo: Air force members and police accompany caskets containing the remains of Brazilian victims who died in a chartered flight, to a waiting cargo plane at the military airbase in Rio Negro, Colombia, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 (Source: AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Bolivia’s defence minister says a plane crash that killed 71 people in Colombia was “murder” because the pilot only had the exact amount of fuel needed for the flight in violation of civil aviation principles.

The Bolivia-based LaMia airline flight was carrying a Brazilian soccer team to the Copa Sudamericana tournament’s finals when it crashed outside Medellin on Nov. 28. Six people survived.

In a recording, the pilot is heard radioing to the control tower that he is out of fuel. Investigations continue, but authorities say he ignored international rules on fuel reserves.

“What happened in Medellin was murder because anyone who dares take passengers, more than 70 people, with the exact amount of fuel is clearly violating the most basic protocols of civil aviation,” said Defense Minister Reymi Ferreira.

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