Experts say crashed Colombian plane carrying Brazilian football team ran out of fuel

Colombian authorities say evidence is growing that a plane carrying a Brazilian football team crashed because it ran out of fuel as it tried to land.

Speaking at a news conference, civil aviation chief Alfredo Bocanegra said an initial inspection at the site indicated the plane “did not have fuel at the moment of impact”.

It appeared to corroborate a leaked tape in which the pilot can be heard requesting permission to land due to an electric failure and lack of fuel.

The flight marked a tragic end to the rise of Chapecoense, which had come up the ranks from a scrappy industrial city in Brazil to become one of the country’s hottest teams.

The team was on its way for what would have been its biggest test yet, the finals of the Copa Sudamericana, one of South America’s most important tournaments.

Only 6 of 77 people aboard survived.

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