The saddest part of the Chapecoense plane crash is that it could have been avoided.
The Chapecoense plane crash
There have been some touching scenes across the football world over the past few days, as Brazil gets to grips with the worst football tragedy in their history.
The football world has acted as one in grief and the scenes at Atletico Nacional and the Chapecoense stadium, Condá Arena, on Wednesday night, at the time the Copa Sudamericana final was to be played, were truly heart breaking.
Ultimately, the plane crash in Colombia, with the plane holding the Chapecoense team, management and Brazilian journalists killed 71 people. Six people survived the plane crash, four missed the flight.
A lack of required reserve fuel
On Wednesday evening, Aerocivil, Colombia’s civil aviation authority., held a press conference and confirmed the plane did not have enough of the required reserve fuel needed in case of emergency.
This was the first official confirmation as to the causes of the Chapecoense plane crash.
Colombian flight rules ensure a plane is required to have at least 30 minutes of reserve fuel on top of the fuel needed to make the trip.
No fuel was found at the crash site and it is now believed that the plane carrying the Chapecoense team simply ran out of fuel.
ABC News report that: “The charter flight, operated by LaMia airline, was due to arrive in Medellin from Bolivia. The plane suffered an electrical failure before the crash, according to the official Twitter account for Jose Maria Cordova International Airport. The tail of the plane clipped the top of the mountain, and the rest of the fuselage slid down onto the other side of the slope.”
“Complete electrical failure, without fuel”
In addition, Brazilian newspaper O Globo have confirmed the lack of fuel causing the crash.
A delay getting from São Paulo to Bolivia, where the team chartered the plane that crashed, meant a planned refuelling stop in Cobija, Bolivia, was abandoned as the airport does not operate at night.
An increasingly desperate pilot was recorded saying: “Complete electrical failure, without fuel” as the plane waited to land.
This has led to other flight arrivals in Medellin to be insulted for taking their place on the ground before the Chapecoense plane.