Deportes

Chapecoense flight may have run out of fuel says pilot - recording

Chapecoense flight may have run out of fuel says pilot - recording

Players, staff and supporters of Atlético Nacional paid an emotional tribute to the victims of the Colombian plane crash that led to the death of 71 passengers, including members of the Brazilian club Chapecoense.

According to law and regulation, planes must be loaded with enough extra fuel to carry them at least 30 to 45 minutes beyond their scheduled flight time, in the event of encountering turbulence, or if another airport needs to be sought for landing.

"Right there it says that even if everything goes well they are not going to have a large amount of fuel when they arrive", said John Cox, a retired airline pilot and CEO of Florida-based Safety Operating Systems.

Local media in Brazil, citing an internal document, reported an official at the Bolivian aviation agency called Celia Castedo raised concerns about LAMIA's flight plan.

"Complete electrical failure, without fuel", he said in the tense final moments before the plane spiralled downwards for four minutes, slamming into a mountainside Monday night.

Chapecoense's acting president said earlier in the week that the head of the Brazilian Football Confederation, Marco Polo Del Nero, had ordered Chapecoense to play its final match using a team made up mostly of junior players. The plane was carrying the Brazilian first division soccer club Chapecoense team that was on it's. Players of the Chapecoense team were among the 77 people on board the doomed flight that crashed into mountains in northwestern Colombia.

British and Brazilian investigators headed to Colombia to help with the probe, authorities said.

In the recording, pilot Miguel Quiroga contacts the control tower seeking priority to land.

Global flight regulations require aircraft to carry enough reserve fuel to fly for 30 minutes after reaching their destination.

The content of the tape was tweeted and translated by the BBC, which quotes the pilot saying, "We have a total electrical failure and we are without fuel". The air traffic controller continues to ask for the pilot's position, but receives no response.

"We believe in sport", Atletico Mineiro president Daniel Nepomuceno said.

Investigators have yet to announce any single cause for the crash and a full analysis is expected to take months.

Wearing glum expressions, they surveyed the coffins in the parking garage of the San Vicente funeral home.

Tributes have come in from across the football world, with Old Trafford paying its respects ahead of Wednesday night's game between West Ham and Manchester United, who lost eight players in the Munich air disaster of 1958. "So Caio [the coach] said he would not take me". "And now he's like this, in a coffin".

The unsung Brazilian club was on the way to crowning a fairytale year in the Copa Sudamericana against Medellin side Atletico Nacional.

"Profit brings greed", Machado said, speaking in the team's hometown of Chapeco.

In Europe, a minute's silence for Chapecoense will be held before every Champions League and Europa League game next week, UEFA said.

The six survivors were recovering in hospitals, with three in critical but stable condition, the Associated Press reported.