Media after Colombia’s air crash speculate about fuel shortages

The investigators have not yet made any official statement about the cause of the Monday air crash in Colombia, which killed 71 people. The media, referring to its resources and air experts, are increasingly speculating about a possible fuel shortage. The Brazilian daily Globo today released a transcript of the record of the latest flight crew interview with the flight dispatcher. The pilot reports a total failure of the electronics and calls for help because of lack of fuel.

In an eleven-minute record, the pilot first asks for a landing because the aircraft does not have fuel. The control tower is responsible for having to wait for another machine. At the ninth minute, the pilot, in a desperate voice, again informed the critical situation.It talks about the total collapse of the machine and electrical appliances and the lack of fuel. He will get a landing permit, and the control tower will still request information about the altitude. Then the pilot does not communicate.

The theory of fuel shortages is also contributed by the fact that the collapsed Avro RJ85 aircraft had a range of 2965 kilometers, which is also the distance trajectory planned between Bolivian Santa Cruz and Colombian Medellín. The machine crashed south of Medellin, the accident survived by six people.

“We can not rule out the investigation, and we are waiting for the results,” quoted AP Agency veteran general Bolivian Air Force Gustav Vargas, Who heads the LaMia airline.It was the machine of this company that collapsed during the night in the mountainous region of central Colombia.

The Globo Server, referring to Vargas, wrote that the pilot had a flight plan in the Bolivian town of Cobija, or in the Colombian capital of Bogota, But he did not do so. Vargas thinks the pilot did not dance because he probably did not need it. He added that the airlines had made the same trip twice. But he did not tell if the plane had a stopover due to refueling.

The machine’s long-range capabilities, according to a long-time US Air Force adviser, Hans Weber deserve a thorough inspection.He recalled that the air distance between the start and landing points is usually determined by the shortest route, although pilots rarely fly due to turbulence and various course changes. He added that due to the aircraft’s flight, he was worried about whether the pilots did not go too far in the calculations.

Many airliners claim that fuel-related accidents are exceptional. The Globo server, however, wrote that at the time of the arrival of a tragic flight, four planes were approaching the Medellin airport. The former, according to an unnamed representative of the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority, preferred because it reported a lack of fuel.Then LaMia’s control tower announced that it had the same problem.

According to the media, Ximena Suarez, one of the two survivors of the crew, was also told by the media. She said the lights on the plane fell about a minute before the impact on the ground.

The media also mentions the rescuers’ testimony, who also pointed out the possible shortage of fuel, given that the debris of the machine did not blaze.Daily Mirror said on Tuesday that the pilot had discharged the fuel before the accident to avoid an explosion and fire after the collision.

Investigators of the fuel scarcity speculation did not comment, but they confirmed that even with this hypothesis, To deal with. Authorities and investigators also report that the pilot has reported electricity problems.

Sixteen-year-old four-engine mid-size British Aerospace 146 aircraft in the Avro RJ85 version of the Bolivian Civil Aviation Authority technically passed a check before the start, Problems have not been revealed.