Bolivia’s aviation authority has suspended the operating licence of LaMia, the airliner whose plane crashed on Monday killing 71 people including 20 journalists and 19 of the 22 members of the Brazilian football club, Chapecoense.
The crashed plane was the only operational of the three planes on the fleet of the airliner, LaMia.
LaMia was only established last year and reorts have it that the crashed plane was co-owned by the pilot.
The aircraft carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense football team went down near Medellin, Colombia. There were only six survivors.
Meanwhie, Colombian authorities say evidence is growing that the plane crashed because it ran out of fuel as it tried to land.
Colombian Chief of Civil Aviation, Alfredo Bocanegra says evidence is growing that a plane ran out of fuel as it tried to land, leading to the crash.
Civil Aviation Chief Alfredo Bocanegra said an initial inspection at the site indicated the plane “did not have fuel at the moment of impact”.
The investigation corroborates a leaked tape in which the pilot can be heard requesting permission to land due to an electric failure and lack of fuel.
“Upon arriving at the scene of the accident, and having been able to do an inspection of all of the remains and parts of the plane, we can affirm, clearly, that the aircraft did not have fuel at the moment of impact.
“Therefore, we have begun a process to investigate to clear up for what reason this aircraft had no fuel at the time of impact,” Bocanegra said.
Also speaking at the news conference, Civil Aviation Official, Freddy Bonilla said regulations stipulated that aircraft must have 30 minutes of extra fuel in reserve so as to be able to reach an alternative airport in an emergency.
“In this case the plane did not have the fuel to get to an alternative airport.
“The engines are the electrical source but without fuel, obviously the electrical source would have been completely lost,” he said.
In the leaked tape, the pilot can be heard warning of a “total electric failure” and “lack of fuel” adding that he was flying at an altitude of 9,000ft (2,745m).
The plane plunged into a mountainside near the Colombian city of Medellin late on Monday.
There was no explosion, which experts say could also indicate a lack of fuel.
Officials say the plane’s “black boxes”, which record flight details, will be sent to the UK to be opened by the manufacturers, the British company, BAE.