The 2016 plane crash that wiped out a Brazilian football team was caused by a lack of fuel, Colombia’s aviation authority said Friday following an extensive investigation into the disaster.
The probe was launched after the November 28 crash which claimed the lives of 71 people, including all but a handful of players from Brazil’s Chapecoense Real football club.
The accident “was caused by the plane’s empty fuel tank as a result of inappropriate risk management by LaMia (Airlines),” said Miguel Camacho, who heads the authority’s accident investigation branch.
LaMia Airlines is a Bolivian-registered charter company that specializes in flying Latin American football clubs.
Investigators from Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia had been looking into what caused the crash, with Friday’s report confirming what had been one of the leading theories after a recording emerged in which the pilot radioed the control tower to report a fuel emergency.
Following a preliminary investigation a month after the crash, the Colombian aviation authority said it believed the airline had disregarded international rules on fuel reserves.
In its report Friday, the aviation authority said it had found sufficient “evidential and technical support” to corroborate that theory.
Chapecoense had been enjoying a fairy tale season and were en route to the biggest match in their history, which they were tipped to win, when the plane went down, crashing into the Colombian mountains not far from the city of Medellin.
Of the 77 people onboard, only six people survived, three of them Chapecoense players.
Also killed were 20 Brazilian journalists who were traveling with the team to cover the match.
The Swedish striker scored a sensational volley and also the winner on debut for his new club.
Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic and his team mates were paid a special visit by former Brazil striker Ronaldo on Wednesday.
The two legendary stars later posed for a picture together inside LA Galaxy’s dressing room which was posted by the ex-Inter Milan and Real Madrid star on his Instagram.
— #GalaxyThrowback (@LAGalaxy) April 25, 2018
Zlatan Ibrahimovic warned Los Angeles Galaxy fans on Friday not to expect a repeat of his remarkable debut as he prepares to face in-form Sporting Kansas City this weekend.
The Swedish superstar made a sensational start to his Major League Soccer career last week, scoring twice after coming on as a substitute in the Galaxy’s 4-3 comeback win over Los Angeles FC at the StubHub Center.
The 36-year-old striker’s brace included a spectacular 35-yard volleyed equaliser before an injury-time winner as the Galaxy overturned a 3-0 deficit to take all three points.
But Ibrahimovic cautioned fans against expecting another roller coaster when the Galaxy entertain Western Conference leaders Kansas City on Sunday.
“Crazy game like that again? I hope not,” Ibrahimovic said.
“I hope we can control the game better, more, and play under control. Let’s see. I try to do my best every game and I try to help teammates and win the game. I don’t expect crazy things every game. I’ll try, but it’s not often it goes in, so please.”
Ibrahimovic, who joined the Galaxy from Manchester United on a two-year deal last month, said he had already put last weekend’s fairytale debut behind him.
“The last game is already passed by, and now it’s a new game on Sunday,” he said.
“So let’s focus on that game, not focus on the last game. Bring the positive from the last game and make better for the negative things.”
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) April 1, 2018
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