Colombia Plane Crash News Update: Black Boxes Recovered, Cause Of Horrific Crash Revealed
The tragic event of the Lamia Bolivian Charter airplane that crashed into a mountain near Medellin, Colombia shocked the world. The Colombia plane crash claimed 71 passengers. Only six survived the crash.
Included in the list of casualties was the Brazilian Soccer Team of Chapecoense on the way to the South American Cup Finals in Medellin. The team will play against the Colombian team Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the tournament scheduled on Wednesday.
One of the soccer players had just found out that he is going to be a young father. The team celebrated this blessing before they left for Colombia. A video footage shows the jubilant celebration showing Brazilian player Tiago da Rocha Vieira Alves, also known as "Tiaguinho". He is the striker of the team and scored in one of the goals that defeated Sao Paolo and elevated them to the finals matches in Medellin. The promising striker is one of the casualties.
Two team members survived and are in critical but stable condition. Their goalkeeper also survived but his leg has to be amputated and a foot could be lost too, as reported in BBC News.
Another news update is the recovery of two black boxes from the Colombia plane crash site. One Black Box contains Voice Recordings of Pilots with the aviation towers and the other records the flight data of the journey.
In the recovered data boxes, a leaked dialogue between the plane's crew and the Colombian traffic control had provided an overview of what took place in the last few minutes of the doomed flight. The pilot was heard warning of electrical breakdown and fuel loss.
Fuel loss can be caused by fuel starvation when fuel supply is cut off from the plane's engines which will stop the engine from functioning. A number of reasons are bound to be known like fuel leak, icing on the inside parts, fuel pump and gauge errors. Crew errors could also be considered. Fuel starvation is a remote possibility as there are so many aviation protocols to follow before an aircraft is authorized to fly, as reported by aviation accident investigator Grant Brophy.
The pilot was able to relay his position at an altitude of 9,000 feet or 2,743 meters before the Colombia bound plane pummeled the Colombian mountainside near Medellin, moments before communication was cut off late Monday, according to reports from Reuters.
Instead of fans enjoying a competitive match, the stadium where the game is supposed to be played against Atletico national was filled with mourners lighting candles paying their respects to the loss of a great team. While in the home stadium of Chapecoense, families, friends and fans of the Colombia plane crash victims held mournful prayers.