LA PAZ – Bolivian authorities announced on Wednesday the pending overhaul of the country’s DGAC civil aeronautics agency following the release of Colombia’s final report on the 2016 crash of a Bolivian passenger plane that left 71 people dead.
DGAC director Celier Aparicio Arispe told reporters at a press conference that the agency will undergo an “overhaul,” without elaborating on what this will entail.
Reading a press release, he accused the management of Lamia, the Bolivian company that operated the flight carrying Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense to a match in Colombia, of “making inadequate decisions.”
The tragedy occurred near the northwestern city of Medellin on the night of Nov. 28, 2016, just days before Chapecoense – a club that had emerged from obscurity to become one of South America’s best – was to play the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against local side Atletico Nacional.
Arispe highlighted the fact that the Lamia flight crew “insisted on continuing the flight with an extremely limited amount of fuel” and failed to land at another nearby airport, as per the April 27 report by the Colombian agency.
The DGAC now will respond within 60 days to the Colombian report’s recommendations urging amendments to regulations, manual optimizations, technical analyses and the resolution of safety issues, as well as miscellaneous control procedures.