An Avro RJ85 belonging to LaMia Bolivia Airlines, operating Flight 2933, was carrying 68 passengers and nine crew members when it was involved in an accident in Colombia. The aircraft was traveling from Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz to José María Córdoba International Airport just outside of Medellin. The aircraft was nearing its destination when officials say the pilots declared an emergency and mentioned having “electrical issues.” The aircraft collided with the ground shortly after the emergency transmission and broke into two main pieces. The aircraft came to rest just five minutes flight time from its destination. It is sad to report that 71 people lost their lives in this accident, only six people survived. It is being reported that the aircraft ran out of fuel before it could reach its final destination. Members of Chapecoense, a Brazilian soccer team, were on board the aircraft.
More details to come.
UPDATE: It appears the aircraft ran out of fuel before it could reach Medellin, its final destination.
CP-2933, the aircraft involved in the accident
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An image of the fuselage shortly after the crash.
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Rescue workers scour the remains of Flight 2933.
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Sources: CNN, The Telegraph, 360 Colombia Radio, and The Aviation Herald.