The soccer world is still in shock following the tragic plane crash that killed several players and staff members of Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense. Authorities in Colombia are still combing through the wreckage of flight LMI 2933, but some facts and findings are coming forward. Here is what we have learned so far.
A newly leaked audio recording from the pilot of LMI 2933 confirms early suspicions that the plane was out of fuel before it could land.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) November 30, 2016
According to several news outlets, the pilot radioed air control to warn them that the airplane was experiencing electrical and fuel issues. “The plane is in total electric failure and without fuel,” the pilot said in the audio recording, according to CNN. Air control reports that they lost contact with the plane when it was about eight miles from the airport, just minutes from landing at Medellín International Airport in Medellín, Colombia. The plane’s altitude was 9,000 feet when contact was lost.
The co-pilot, Sisy Arias, was excited to be flying the Brazilian soccer team on her first flight as co-pilot.
The Bolivian co-pilot was interviewed just before the flight as part of news coverage following the team’s Cinderella story. During a TV interview before the flight, she expressed her excitement of taking the soccer team to Colombia on a Bolivian airline.
“One thing that is very important to know is that the team is using a Bolivian airline to take them to Medellin, even though they are a Brazilian team,” Arias said in the interview.
Here is the footage of Arias and members of the soccer team’s final interview before take off.
Though devastated by the news of his daughter’s death, her father Jorge Arias is not blaming people, according to ABC News.
Alan Ruschel, one of the players for Chapescoense, was on loan from Internacional and was reportedly saved by a 10-year-old.
According to EFE, police and rescue workers have reported that when they arrived they were met by a 10-year-old boy. He was able to direct the rescue workers and authorities to the crash site to start moving the wounded survivors to the hospital for treatment.
‘When we parked, a child came and told us where the wounded were located,” Sergio Marulanda, a local, told Sport.Es. “A policeman told me: ‘You’re the first to arrive, put the child in the truck and go to collect the wounded.'”
Ruschel posted a video with Danilo Padilha to Instagram, which has since been removed, just moments before the crash.
Padilha, a goalkeeper for Chapecoense, had survived the crash but later died while at the hospital.
“My heart is shattered and I am suffering a lot. It is very difficult. I never thought I would go through this. I can’t believe it. The despair is too great,” Padilha’s mother told Globo. It is not being easy because it is complicated. There is a different story every minute.”