A series of human errors including errors by the pilot are to blamed for the plane crash in Columbia that killed 71 people on November, Columbia aviation authorities said.
Colombia’s Civil Aeronautics agency concluded in its investigation that the plan for the flight operated by Bolivia-based charter company LaMia did not meet international standards.
Among the errors made were the decisions to let the plane take off without enough fuel to make the flight safely and then to not stop midway to refuel. The pilot also did not report the plane’s emergency until it was too late, ABC News reported.
The agency’s preliminary conclusions were based on the analysis of plane’s black box and other evidence.
“No technical factor was part of the accident, everything involved human error, added to a management factor in the company’s administration and the management and organisation of the flight plans by the authorities in Bolivia,” Colombia‘s Secretary for Air Safety Colonel Freddy Bonilla told media.
The plane had been transporting 72 passengers including players of Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team. The plane crash resulted in the death of 71 people.