Victims' relatives in Brazil say soccer-team crash avoidable

Colombian authorities say a plane ran out of fuel before it crashed on Monday.

Investigators also want to speak to Juan Sebastian Upegui, the co-pilot of an Avianca commercial flight who was in contact with air traffic controllers near Medellin's Jose Maria Cordova airport at the time the chartered plane went down.

About 71 passengers died from the incident, including members of the Associação Chapecoense de Futebol, who were traveling to Colombia to face Atlético Nacional of Medellín on Wednesday evening at Copa Sudamericana, its first global finals match.

Players and officials from the Brazilian team were among the 71 people to lose their lives when a plane carrying them to Colombia for their Copa Sudamericana final first leg with Atletico Nacional crashed over Cerro Gordo, La Union.

Celia Castedo told authorities about the observations she made in the flight plan filed by a LaMia dispatcher. "When we arrived at the accident site and were able to inspect the remains, we could confirm that the aircraft had no fuel at the time of impact", said secretary of airline security at Colombia's aviation authority, Freddy Bonilla.

Three of the team's players are among the crash's survivors.

"Profit brings greed", Machado said.

Premier League players will this weekend wear black armbands and observe a minute's silence as a mark of respect.

The three-time World Cup victor admits that "for us Brazilians, it is very difficult" at this time, as the South American nation comes to terms with the plane crash that happened on Monday. Brazil's top flight clubs offer to loan their players to the small club to help with their rebuilding efforts. The team was on its way to play in the first leg of the final.

"We Brazilians will never forget the way Colombians lived as their own this bad, awful disaster that disrupted Chapecoense's dream", the normally stone-faced political veteran said while wiping away tears.

Fans of Chapecoense football team hold the names of Chapecoense's players as they pay tribute to them at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil. "They had a good service then".

"We are the champions because we deserved this title", said goalkeeper Nivaldo, who did not travel to Medellin so he could prepare for his 300th game with the club Sunday in the last game of the Brazilian league season.

"So we need the support of all the clubs and especially the CBF and Globo TV". According to a recording of the pilot's final communications, he had reportedly radioed before the crash that he was running out of fuel and in an emergency. AP writers Mauricio Savarese in Chapeco, Brazil, Cesar Garcia in Bogota and Ben Fox in Miami contributed to this report.



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