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'Lack of fuel' reports in Colombia plane crash

2016年 12月 1日 Thursday - 01:40

Investigators are looking into reports that a plane which crashed in Colombia killing 71 people may have run out of fuel. Paul Chapman reports.

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Investigators looking for the cause of the Colombian plane crash say they're now considering the possibility the aircraft may have run out of fuel. This was the conversation between the crew and air traffic controllers minutes before the aircraft ploughed into a mountainside. The crew asked for an emergency landing after reporting low fuel and electrical problems. Freddy Bonilla is Colombia's Civil Aviation Security Secretary. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) FREDDY BONILLA, COLOMBIAN SECRETARY FOR CIVIL AVIATION SECURITY, SAYING: "One hypothesis we're investigating and dealing with, after not finding any fuel at the impact zone, in the surrounding area, nor in the supply lines, is that there was a flameout in the engines due to the lack of fuel. Having the engines shut down...the engines are the electrical source, they produce the power. Even though the plane had an APU, a back-up generator, without fuel the electrical source would have been completely lost." At least 71 people died in the crash on Monday, many of them players and staff of a Brazilian soccer team. Six people survived the impact. Investigators from Brazil, Bolivia and Britain are also taking part in the investigation. The plane was a British-built BAe 146 operated by Bolivian airline LaMia.

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'Lack of fuel' reports in Colombia plane crash

2016年 12月 1日 Thursday - 01:40