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    Colombian Journalist About Plane Crash: 'Most Likely They'd Run Out of Fuel'

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    Plane With Brazilian Football Team on Board Crashes in Colombia (22)

    On Monday night a plane carrying 81 people went down in northwestern Colombia with nine crew members and 72 passengers aboard, including a Brazilian football team. Semana magazine Correspondent Daniel Martínez talked to Sputnik Mundo about possible causes of the accident.

    Martinez, who is currently covering the events from the town of La Unión located 15 kilometers from the crash scene, believes that the most probable cause of the accident could have been a lack of fuel.

    "The plane crashed at 22:30. Before that, it was circling above the José María Córdova airport, waiting for permission to land as the weather conditions were not optimal. As it was assumed by the Aeronautica Civil, the most plausible hypothesis is that the plane ran out of fuel," he told Sputnik, adding that the witnesses did not hear any blasts, or smell gasoline, or see any clouds or fire.

    "People say that they heard the noise of something falling. They are used to seeing planes at a low altitude; it was flying very low, but no one said anything about an explosion," the journalist said.

    Martinez also noted that 60 victims' bodies had already been found by the rescue team. However, the poor weather conditions prevented helicopters from collecting the remaining bodies.

    "It is a cold mountainous area at an altitude of 2,600 meters, in the east of Antioquia. It is the countryside where they grow strawberries and potatoes. Now in Colombia it is the middle of winter, the planting season, especially in this area. The area where the plane crashed is very swampy, which makes the rescue operation difficult," the journalist said.

    Plane With Brazilian Football Team on Board Crashes in Colombia (22)


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