LaMia Airlines Flight 2933

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LaMia Airlines Flight 2933 was a flight operated by LaMia that crashed near the city of Medellín in Colombia. The airplane was carrying players from the Chapecoense football team. The airplane had an aircraft registration of CP-2933.[1] The airplane crashed on 28 November 2016, at around 22:00 local time. The crash killed 71 people.[2] Seven people originally survived the crash. However, one of the survivors, a goalkeeper known as Danilo, died a few hours after the plane crashed.[3] The three Chapecoense players that survived were Alan Ruschel,[4] Jakson Follmann,[5] and Neto.[6]

LaMia Flight 2933
LaMia P4-LOR at EGPF, Oct 2013.jpg
The Avro RJ85 involved, photographed in 2013 with its previous registration number
Accident
Date28 November 2016 (2016-11-28)
SummaryCrashed following fuel exhaustion
SiteMt. Cerro Gordo, near La Unión, Antioquia, Colombia
5°58′43″N 75°25′6″W / 5.97861°N 75.41833°W / 5.97861; -75.41833Coordinates: 5°58′43″N 75°25′6″W / 5.97861°N 75.41833°W / 5.97861; -75.41833
Aircraft
Aircraft typeAvro RJ85
OperatorLaMia
ICAO flight No.LMI2933
RegistrationCP-2933
Flight originViru Viru International Airport, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
DestinationJosé María Córdova International Airport, Rionegro, Colombia
Occupants77
Passengers73
Crew4
Fatalities71
Injuries6
Survivors6

It crashed on November 28, 2016 at approximately 21:58 (UTC-5: 00). Among the passengers were players from the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, who were on their way to play the 2016 Copa Sudamericana final against Atlético Nacional. Six people survived the accident. The Colombian Civil Aeronautics Special Administrative Unit investigated the accident with the support of the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

The preliminary Colombian report indicated that the plane was traveling overweight and with fuel at the limit, and that the pilots mistakenly decided not to make stopovers to refuel at the Alfredo Vásquez Cobo de Leticia or El Dorado of Bogotá airports. In addition, they did not inform air control of the fuel shortage until the last moment. They did not comply with the flight plan, which should not have been approved by the airport authorities.

The final report of Aeronáutica Civil de Colombia, released on April 27, 2018, highlights that the LaMia company "did not comply with the minimum quantity of fuel requirements demanded in international standards, since it did not take into account the fuel required for fly to an alternate airport, the contingency airport, the reserve airport, or the minimum landing fuel"

Aircraft[change | change source]

The aircraft when still operated by Mesaba Airlines for Northwest Airlink

The aircraft was an Avro RJ85, registration CP-2933, which made its first flight on March 26, 1999. After being in service with other airlines and going through a storage period between 2010 and 2013, it was acquired by LaMia. The company had a fleet of three RJ85s, but at the time of the accident, the CP-2933 was the only aircraft of the company that could fly.[7]

In popular culture[change | change source]

The United States cable TV network ESPN produced an hour long story about the crash for its E:60 news magazine TV show. It focused on how one of the pilots was also a co-owner of the airline company and the effects on the survivors and on family members of the people killed in the accident.[8]

The crash of LaMia Flight 2933 was covered in "Football Tragedy", a Season 19 (2019) episode of the internationally syndicated Canadian TV documentary series Air Crash Investigation.[9] The show premiered in the United States on the Smithsonian Channel's Air Disasters as "Soccer Tragedy" in November 2019.

Gallery[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "LAMIA Bolivia CP-2933". airfleets.net. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  2. "ASN Aircraft accident Avro RJ.85 CJP-2933 Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  3. "Trágico accidente cerca de Medellín del avión que transportaba al equipo brasileño Chapecoense deja 76 muertos" [Tragic crash of aircraft transporting Brazilian team Chapecoense near Medellín leaves 76 dead]. BBC World (in Spanish). British Broadcasting Corporation. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  4. "Plane crashes in Colombia with Brazilian football team on board". The Sun. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  5. "Avião que transportava equipe da Chapecoense cai na Colômbia" [Chapecoense team aircraft crashes in Colombia and kills 76 people]. Diário de Pernambuco (in Brazilian Portuguese). Jornal Diario de Pernambuco. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  6. "Accidente de avión en el que viajaba Chapecoense deja 75 personas muertas" [Aircraft crash involving Chapecoense leaves 75 people dead]. Caracol.tv (in Spanish). 29 November 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  7. Torres, Fabián (29 November 2016). "Accidente avión Chapecoense: El piloto del avión siniestrado también era el dueño de la aerolínea LaMia" [Chapecoense aircraft accident: The pilot of the LaMia aircraft was also the owner of the airline]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  8. Borden, Sam (2018-11-27). "Eternal Champions". ESPN. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  9. "Football Tragedy". Mayday. Discovery Channel Canada. No. 9, season 19.