Bolivia suspends airline after deadly crash in Colombia

In Brazil, grieving relatives of the dead spoke out in disbelief.

Colombia's Atletico Nacional, which was ready to host the first leg of the final of the Copa Sudamericana on Wednesday (NZT Thursday), instead held a ceremony in honour of their fallen rivals Chapecoense, whose planed crashed into a hillside outside of Medellin. The second leg of the Brazilian Cup final between Atletico Mineiro and Gremio was one of the games postponed until next week.

Members of Chapecoense soccer club's board of directors stand in the parking garage of the San Vicente funeral home where coffins containing the remains of the victims of the Colombian air tragedy have been placed, in Medellin, Colombia, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.

Authorities making the announcement did not provide additional details.

Chapecoense's acting president said that the head of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Marco Polo Del Nero, had ordered the club to play its final match with a makeshift team comprised of junior players, sparking widespread condemnation on social media.

"Those five minutes cost all of those people their lives", Jorge Arias told reporters, calling the tragedy a "direct flight over there to the sun" and a "flight without a return".

Williams Brasiliano, uncle of Chapecoense midfielder Arthur Maia, said the crash could have been avoided if Chapecoense had chosen a regular airline to travel to Colombia instead of a charter.

Brazilian and Bolivian news reports say an employee from the Santa Cruz de La Sierra airport in Bolivia told authorities she warned a LaMia representative the fuel onboard was insufficient in the case of an emergency. This can't be right.

The team was heading to Colombia for the final of the Copa Sudamericana, the biggest game in the club's history.

"What remains clear is that the chartering came about for technical reasons because Lamia has all the requirements that Chapecoense sought for its worldwide trips", said the club's communications director, Andrei Copetti, at a press conference at the Arena Conda stadium.

"They sought us out and offered their services".

The capital Bogota was mentioned on the flight plan as a possible refuelling stop, but the plane did not land there.

As the jetliner circled in a holding pattern, the pilot grew more desperate. Growing ever more desperate, the pilot eventually declared a "total electrical failure", Upegui said, before the plane quickly began to lose speed and altitude. It was too late.

The recording appeared to confirm the accounts of a surviving flight attendant and a pilot flying nearby who overheard the frantic exchange. In a leaked tape from the ill-fated plane, the pilot can be heard warning of a "total electric failure" and "lack of fuel" before the crash.

Bolivia's Directorate General of Civil Aviation has suspended LaMia Airlines' operations after a crash in Colombia that killed 71 people.

A spokesman for Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch said an inspector for the agency and Colombian officials would transport the aircraft's black boxes back to the United Kingdom, where the information will be downloaded.

Investigators finished identifying the victims' bodies Thursday.

At a time when they had expected to be watching their team on TV, more than 22,000 Chapecoense fans tearfully watched videos of tributes that poured in from around the world. In such situations, it is at the pilot's discretion whether to refuel, Vargas said. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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