A charter plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashed just outside of Colombia. The plane departed from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and the soccer team was in route to play in a two-game ‘Copa Sudamericana Final’ against the Atletico Nacional of Medellin. Unfortunately, the celebration turned into a tragedy.
There were 72 people aboard the plane, and nine crew members. 76 people were confirmed dead. According to The East Bay Times, “The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a charter airline named LaMia, declared an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10 p.m. Monday because of an electrical failure.” Rescuers had trouble pulling people out of the plane due to the heavy rainfall.
The cause of the plane crash is still under investigation, however, “Alfredo Bocanegra, the head of Colombia’s aviation authority, said initial reports suggest the aircraft was suffering electrical problems although investigators were also looking into an account from one of the survivors that the plane had run out of fuel about 5 minutes from its expected landing at Jose Maria Cordova airport outside Medellin,” The East Bay Times. Incidents like these are so devastating and many minor or less serious aircraft incidents happen frequently and go unreported. Airline companies can be sued for many reasons; plane defects, testing procedures, operating requirements and general operating and flight rules. If you or a loved one has been involved in an aircraft incident, minor or major, call our law office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS to review your rights.
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