LA PAZ – Friends and kin of the 71 people killed nearly two years ago when a chartered plane carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team crashed in Colombia, arrived in Bolivia on Thursday to enquire authorities regarding the investigation into the tragedy.
The delegation made its way to the eastern city of Santa Cruz – where the fateful flight took off – to meet with representatives of Bolivia’s DGAC civil aeronautics agency, Josmeyr Oliveira, attorney of the group representing friends a family of the dead, AFAV-C, told EFE.
“The goal is to question the authorities about the status of the legal process here in Bolivia ,” Oliveira said, calling to the Bolivian people at large to come together in support of the families of the victims who have been denied “closure” due to failure of officials to provide an answer.
The attorney was joined by Fabienne Belle and Mara Paiva, president and vice president of AFAV-C, respectively.
Belle was the wife of Chapecoense trainer Cezinha, and Paiva was married to former player-turned analyst Mario Sergio, both of whom lost their lives in the accident.
The chartered LaMia airlines plane, which was carrying players, executives, coaches and other staff, along with special guests, journalists and a crew of nine, took off from Santa Cruz and crashed on the night of Nov. 28 in the mountains outside Medellin, Colombia.
Six people – including three players – survived the crash, which, according to the initial investigation, occurred after the plane ran out of fuel.
Chapecoense, who had earlier taken a commercial flight to Santa Cruz, were traveling to Medellin to play in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional.
Last April, Colombia’s civil aeronautics administration released a report concluding that the plane didn’t have sufficient fuel to make it from Santa Cruz to Medellin.
Oliveira said that families of the dead have not received any compensation so far.