Cockpit audio records frantic pilot in Colombian plane crash radioing for help after ‘running out of fuel’

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Cockpit audio records pilot in Colombian plane crash radioing for help after

Rescuers search for survivors from the wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team (Picture: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

The pilot of the LaMia Airlines flight, which tragically crashed in Colombia, frantically radioed ahead to say he had ‘total electrical failure and no fuel’ before disappearing from radars.

Cockpit audio recorded the harrowing moment that the pilot warned that the flight, which was carrying a Brazilian football team, was ‘in total failure’ and needed to land.

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The operator tells pilot Miguel Quiroga he will have to wait seven minutes to land.

She said: ‘I have a plane below you making its approach … How much time can you remain in your approach, Lima-Mike-India?’

Quiroga replied: ‘We have a fuel emergency, ma’am, that’s why I am asking you for it at once, full stop.









Rescue teams recover the bodies of victims of the LAMIA airlines charter that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, Colombia, on November 29, 2016 carrying members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense Real. A charter plane carrying the Brazilian football team crashed in the mountains in Colombia late Monday, killing as many as 75 people, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / STR / Raul ARBOLEDARAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images

The plane crashed into the mountains in Colombia late Monday, killing 71 people (Picture: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

‘I request an immediate descent Lima-Mike-India.’

The operator responded: ‘Runway clear and expect rain on the runway Lima-Mike-India 2933. Firefighters alerted.’

The pilot is heard asking for ‘vectors’ to the runway – the term for the navigation service provided to planes by air traffic control.

He receives the directions and is asked his altitude before responding: ‘Nine thousand feet, ma’am. Vectors! Vectors!’

Those were Quiroga’s last words to the control tower, recorded in the clip aired by the Colombian media.

The controller is heard saying: ‘He isn’t there anymore?’

The crash of the charter plane close to its destination killed 71 people.

A figure that included 20 Brazilian sports journalists travelling to cover what would have been a remarkable occasion for Chapecoense football club, who had risen from the lower leagues to contend in the top tier.

epa05651621 A picture dated 23 November 2016 and made available on 29 November 2016 shows players of the Brazilian Chapecoense soccer team before their semifinal match of the South American Cup, at the Conda Arena of Chapeco, Brazil. A plane reportedly carrying 81 people, including the players of the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense, has crashed on 29 November 2016. The plane was said to have crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin as it was approaching the Jose Maria Cordoba airport, media said. The cause of the incident is yet uknown. The Chapecoense were scheduled to play in the Copa Sudamericana final against the Medellin

Team picture shows players of the Brazilian Chapecoense soccer team before their semifinal match of the South American Cup, at the Conda Arena of Chapeco, Brazil (Picture: EPA/Marcio Cunha)

Crew on doomed flight credit: Facebook Micky Quiroga, pilot of the plane carrying 72 people including football team from bazil that crashed coming into land in Colombia. Taken from his facebook page at request of Global news desk

The operator told pilot Miguel Quiroga he had to wait seven minutes to land (Picture: Facebook)

Colombian authorities are searching for answers following the crash which saw the jet slam into Colombia’s Andes mountains, killing all but six of the 77 people on board.

Survivors included three football players, two crew members and one journalist.

One footballer, goalkeeper Jackson Follman is now recovering after having surgery to amputate his right leg.

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Colombia’s Civil Aeronautics agency said the time sequence of the tape was ‘inexact’, and had no comment on the content of the tape.

But the agency’s air safety chief, Freddy Bonilla, confirmed at a news conference that the plane was out of fuel at the moment of impact.

Bonilla said international rules require aircraft to maintain fuel in reserve when flying between airports, and the LAMIA plane had ‘failed to do so’.

The aircraft’s black box has been recovered intact and in ‘perfect condition’ according to Civil Aviation director Alfredo Bocanegra.

He added however that it would take investigators at least six months to reach a conclusion about the cause of the crash.