Airline's Licence suspended of Colombia Airplane Crash
The Charter Airline LaMia got its operating License Suspended by the Bolvia's Aviation authority whose Airplane crashed killing 71 people.
It was LaMia's only operational plane, and had been partly owned by the pilot.
The Aircraft that was carrying Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team went down near Medellin, Colombia, killing all but six .
Colombian authorities say evidence is growing that the Airplane crashed because it ran out of fuel as it tried to land.
LaMia was set up last year in Bolivia, and has 3 aircraft - two of which are under repairs.
As per the statement of Colombian Aviation chief Alfredo Bocanegra, The British-made BAE 146 Avro RJ85 Aircraft had no fuel when it plunged into a mountainside near Medellin, corroborating audio of the pilot asking to land because of a fuel shortage and electric failure.
"Having been able to do an inspection of all of the remains and parts of the Airplane, we can affirm clearly that the Aircraft did not have fuel at the moment of impact," Mr Bocanegra said.
Freddy Bonilla, another Aviation official, said regulations stipulated that Aircraft must have 30 minutes of fuel in reserve to reach an alternative Airport in an emergency, but "in this case the plane did not have" it.
"The engines are the electrical source, but without fuel, the electrical source would have been completely lost," he added.
In a leaked tape, the pilot, Miguel Quiroga, can be heard warning of a "total electric failure" and "lack of fuel". Just before the tape ends, he says he is flying at an altitude of 9000ft (2745m).
The Airplane was carrying Chapecoense, who had been due to play a football cup final against Atletico Nacional in Medellin.
The team flew from Sao Paulo to Santa Cruz on a Commercial Flight, then switched to the Chartered Aircraft.
Brazil's O Globo reported that because of a delayed departure, a refuelling stop in Cobija - on the border between Brazil and Bolivia - was abandoned because the Airport did not operate at night.
"The pilot was the one who took the decision," Gustavo Vargas, a representative of LaMia, was quoted as saying in Bolivian newspaper Pagina Siete.
Approaching Medellin, the pilot asked for permission to land because of fuel problems, without making a formal distress call.
But another Airplane from Airline VivaColombia had priority because it had already suffered a fuel leak, the co-pilot of another Airplane in the air at the time said.
The pilot of the crashed plane is heard asking urgently for directions to the Airport before the audio recording ends.
The Airplane's "black boxes", which record flight details, will be sent to the UK to be opened by investigators. A full investigation into the Crash is expected to take months.
night, when the match had been due to take place, tens of thousands of fans gathered at the Medellin stadium - and at Chapecoense's home ground in Chapeco to pay last tributes to the deceased.
Chapecoense lost 19 players in the crash. Twenty journalists also lost their lives.
Of the survivors, Chapecoense said two players remained in a critical but stable condition, while the club's goalkeeper had had one leg amputated and might still lose his other foot.An injured journalist also remained in critical condition.
Farheen Khursheed Khan [MBA]
Project Manager, AeroSoft Corp