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28 November 2016 - LaMia Flight 2933

LaMia Flight 2933 was an Avro RJ85 that took off from Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, and was set to land at Jose Maria Cordova International Airport in Rionegro, Colombia on November 28, 2016.

LMI2933 was carrying the Brazillian soccer team Chapecoense, carrying 22 players, 23 coaches and other staff, 2 guests, 4 crew members, and 21 journalists.

The plane ran out of fuel, and crashed into a mountain near Jose Maria Cordova International Airport, killing 71 out of 77 on board, with the remaining 6 survivors injured.

The survivors were 1 member of the crew, 3 of the players, 1 guest, and 1 other passenger of unspecified type. 

Further investigation said that the cause was fuel exhaustion because of bad flight planning, LMI2933's failure to declare an emergency, and the ATC giving clearance to another plane, which also had an emergency.

The transcript is below:

NOTE: This transcript is translated from Spanish. 

Transcript Key:
LMI2933: LaMia Flight 2933
Medellin Approach: Jose Maria Cordova Approach
ARE3020: LAN Colombia Flight 3020
AVA9771: Avianca Flight 9771
AVA9356: Avianca Flight 9356

LMI2933:
LMI2933, FL210 inbound and we request priority for the approach. Right now we have a fuel problem.

Medellin Approach:
LMI2933, understand your request priority to land with fuel problems as well, correct?

LMI2933:
Affirmative.

Medellin Approach:
Okay, be advised I'll give you vectors for the localizer and for the approach. It'll be in approximately 7 minutes. 

LMI2933:
...for the vectors, LMI2933.

Medellin Approach:
LAN Colombia 3020, cleared for the ILS Z approach runway 01. QNH 30.27 report established on the localizer. 

ARE3020:
Cleared for the approach, LAN Colombia 2030, we'll call established .

Medellin Approach:
LMI2933, say your heading.

LMI2933:
1... 179 outbound leg.

Medellin Approach:

Maintain present heading and wait to start - continue descent.

LMI2933:
Maintain present heading and we're visual with the ground.

AVA9771:
Medellin Approach, Avianca 9771, is it possible to continue our outbound leg for 5 more miles - until 15 DME?

Medellin Approach:
Negative, captain. I need you to do the inbound leg. The aircraft ahead is one mile. I need to start the descent for the traffic. He requested priority to land.

AVA9771:
Roger, we start the inbound leg, Avianca 9771.

Medellin Approach: 
Yes please, thanks. 

LMI2933:
LMI2933 requesting vectors for inbound leg, ma'am.

Medellin Approach:
Stand by, I have traffic just below doing an approach. Also, they're doing a runway inspection. How much time do you have for landing, LMI?
LMI2933:
We're on emergency fuel, ma'an. We're established on a final approach course.

(Short pause)

Request immediate descent, LMI2933.

Medellin Approach:
LAN Colombia 3020, cancel approach clearance. Turn left heading 100 now. 

ARE3020:
Left turn heading 010 and what altitude?

Medellin Approach:
Maintain 13000 feet.

ARE3020:
13000', LAN Colombia 3020.

Medellin Approach:
LMI2933, you can just turn right now to start your descent. You have traffic one mile and below. 

LMI2933:
Traffic in sight, no factor and we request to join the localizer for once. (Gear down.)

Medellin Approach:
Captain, you are at FL210. I need to descend. You'd have to turn right to start your descent.

LMI2933:
Negative, ma'am, we've started to descent and we're going to the localizer.

Medellin Approach:
Avianca 9771, turn immediately left heading 270.

AVA9771:
Turning left heading 270, Avianca 9771; confirm the other traffic has already declared?

Medellin Approach:
LAN Colombia 3020, maintain heading 090.

ARE3020:
090, LAN Colombia 3020...

Medellin Approach:
Avianca 9356, immediately left turn 290. 

AVA9356:
Left turn 290, Avianca 9356.

Medellin Approach:
LMI2933, you have traffic ahead, 18000 feet; A320.

LMI2933:
We have it on TCAS and just above, ma'am, we're on final course.

Medellin Approach:
That aircraft is at 18000', captain. It is leaving just off your left and another traffic - alright, left 18500'

LMI2933:
In sight and we're at 18000'; 2933. 

ARE3020:
LAN Colombia 2030, how longer should we keep this heading?

Medellin Approach:
Stand by - LMI2933, 17700', continue the approach, wet runway. Let us now if you require any assistance. 

LMI2933:
We will for the assistance and we're through 16000' for the localizer. 

Medellin Approach:
Set QNH 30.27

LMI2933:
30.27.

LAN3020:
Request right turn, LAN Colombia 3020, due to bad weather.

Medellin Approach:
You're cleared LAN Colombia 3020, right turn... heading 200 is OK?

LAN3020:
Heading 200... we'll start the turn and let you know.

LMI2933:
Ma'am, LMI2933 is with total failure - total electric and fuel.

Medellin Approach:
Runway is clear, LMI2933, and fire services are rolled.

LMI2933:
Copied, LMI2933... vectors! Vectors ma'am. Vectors to the runway.

Medellin Approach:
We lost radar signal. I can't see you, say heading now. 

LMI2933:
We're heading 360.

Medellin Approach:
With heading, turn left 010 to the localizer, Rionegro VOR - a mile ahead the VOR. Right now, you are... - correct, I confirm - left turn 350.

LMI2933:
Left 350...

Medellin Approach:
Yes, correct. You're 0.1 miles from Rionegro VOR.

(Pause)

I can't see your altitude, LMI.

LMI2933:
9000 feet, ma'am.

(Pause)

Vectors! Vectors!

Medellin Approach:
You're 8.2 miles from the runway.

(Pause)

What's your altitude now?

(Pause)

LMI2933, say your position?

 

(End of Transcript)