Thursday, 1 December 2016

SAD: CHAPECOENSE PLANE CRASH PILOT SPEAKS OUT OVER CLAIMS THAT THE FLIGHT RAN OUT OF FUEL





The family of the pilot who died in the Brazilian football team plane crash have spoken of their heartbreak.
Miguel Alejandro Quiroga Murakami was in control of La Mia flight 2933 when it plunged into a Columbian mountainside just 30km from its final destination of Medellin airport.
Seventy-one of those board - including players from Chapecoense FC and twenty journalists - were killed.
Investigators are now urgently examining the plane's black box to determine what caused the crash.
But initial evidence suggests the plane may simply have run out of fuel after flying beyond its capacity.
Another pilot who was flying in the area at the time claims he heard Quiroga on the radio saying "there's no fuel" and "Help us!" before screaming "We're going down".
Today Denise Pinto, speaking on behalf of the Quiroga family, said: "The atmosphere in the house is one of total sadness, we still can't believe it.
"We know that Miguel did everything possible to save the crew and everyone on board the flight.
"If you look at his professional background, he had experience abroad, exams and experience with the Bolivian Air Force."

Quiroga, known as Micky, was a father of to three children aged five months to four-years-old.
He graduated with the Bolivian Air Force academy in 2002 but retired from the military five years ago to be a commercial pilot and spend more time with his family.
Flight data shows the plane circled several times before the disaster after declaring an electrical failure.
It had been suggested Quiroga may have heroically dumped fuel in a bid to prevent an explosion on impact.
But reports in Colombia claim Flight 2933 was asked to circle at 21,000ft as it neared Medellin because another incoming flight had an an "abnormality" on board and was given priority.
Moments later, the plane suddenly lost all power and plummeted into the hills.
The 2,972km flight path from Santa Cruz in Bolivia to Medellin was right at the edge of the aircraft's capacity.
It had been expected that if the plane ran low on fuel, it would stop in Bogota.
But this did not happen, so it is understood the plane would have been almost empty by the time it got to Medellin.






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