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Crashed Colombian plane was low on fuel: Leaked tape


Bogota : The plane carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer club to Colombia experienced “total electronic failure” and was low on fuel, a leaked audio recording shows, reports IANS.

“Miss, Lamia 933 has a total failure, total electrical failure, without fuel,” a voice identified as that of the plane’s pilot is heard saying on the recording.

The control tower immediately told the pilot that he had an open runway, Efe news agency reported.

A total of 71 people were killed when the plane chartered by soccer club from Bolivia’s Lamia airlines crashed near the airport in the northwestern city of Medellin. Authorities initially said the British-made RJ85 regional jet was carrying 81 people, but they later learned that four passengers listed on the manifest never boarded the plane.