More heartrending details have emerged of the final moments before the doomed plane carrying a Brazilian football team crashed into the Colombian mountains.
Pilot Miguel Alejandro Quiroga Murakami desperately declared an emergency situation before saying: “There’s no fuel, we have total electronic failure.” He then screamed: “Help us,” and “we’re going down.”
His cries were heard by a pilot who was on the airwaves at the time. The jet, which was carrying 77 people, crashed into the mountains, kill all but six people on board.
One of the theories already being considered was that the tragic jet could have run out of fuel before plunging to the ground during difficult weather conditions. The pilot’s final words add weight to that suggestion. It is understood that a flight attendant who survived the smash told officials that the plane ran out of fuel just a few minutes before it was due to land at Jose Maria Cordova airport.
Investigators have said that it was odd that the jet did not explode immediately when it crashed into a mountain during a journey which should have taken it from Bolivia to Medellin in Colombia. That would indicate their was no fuel on board.
There were also claims that the pilot of the plane had been circling before planning to land because he was aiming to burn off fuel to avoid an explosion on impact.
The crash killed almost all of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense Real, who were heading to play in the Copa Sudamerica final.
Officials in Brazil are now holding three days of official mourning as a mark of respect. One of the footballers who survived, the goalkeeper Jackson Fallmann, is understood to have undergone surgery to amputate his crushed leg. He is now recovering in intensive care and will have to come to terms with the loss of his teammates and his football career.