Just before LaMia Flight 2933 crashed into a hillside near Medellin, Colombia, CNN reports a crew member onboard told air traffic controllers, “The plane is in total electric failure and without fuel.” That’s according to two sources familiar with the investigation who heard audio recordings. The conversations add new details to the final moments of the crash Monday that killed 71 people, including members of a Brazilian soccer team. They also add further evidence supporting investigators’ suspicions that the jet had depleted its fuel during its charter flight from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to Medellin.Three players, two crew members and one journalist survived, Colombian authorities said.
CNN reported Tuesday evening that investigators were considering a shortage of fuel as a significant contributor to Monday’s crash, according to a person familiar with the early stages of the inquiry.
The lack of apparent fire damage among the wreckage of the of the British Aerospace Avro RJ85 strongly suggest the jet’s fuel tanks were dry when it hit the ground.Fuel exhaustion occurs when fuel is cut off from the engines, causing them to stop running. It can be caused by a number of factors including a fuel leak, internal icing, failure of the fuel pumps or gauges, or crew error managing the engine’s use of fuel.However, Bocanegra said investigators would have to ascertain why the aircraft didn’t have enough fuel, because it was just 5 miles away from the airport.
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