The Peace of God to all that belong to the light,
There are many cultures around the world that understand that rushing is a really bad strategy to fix anything in life, unfortunately that is what
caused the terrible tragedy of the Bolilvian Lamia Airline in Cerro Gordo, Antioquia, Colombia, that took the lives of almost all the members of the
Brazilian Chapecoense soccer team.
The crew didn't get fuel for the airplane neither in Bolivia nor in Bogota, simply since they didn't want to spend time on that in order to arrive
faster to their destination, and they crashed horribly in between Rio Negro and Medellin due to oil starvation plus electric malfunctioning.
Could be this tragedy that have taken at once 77 lives prevented if any automatic system aboard may have triggered an alarm or even put in hold the
navigation systems when the jet was landed in Bolivia, to stop any possibility to continue the flight without having enough fuel to complete it
successfully or just because it was a longer path than what those airplanes must travel safely?
At this moment the investigation of the causes of this terrible accident are still under progress, involving the air traffic authorities of three
south American countries, but there is a first decision already taken by the Bolivian government that has removed to the Airline their license to
operate under the pressure of the scandal, the reaction of the public opinion has been terrible either in their country and moreover in Brazil.
Nevertheless there is consensus among the analysts that there is indeed responsibility in the way this flight was planned, trying to follow a so much
quick agenda to bring the team on time for a game in Medellin after an unexpected delay when the Brazilian authorities decided to deny them the permit
to travel in their own charter.
The tragedy of this Lamia Charter jet that practically killed the Brazilian Chapecoense squad remember us other ones from the past occurred also for
rushing a trip in an irresponsible way.
About 104 years ago when commercial aviation was not really existing the RMS Titanic Transatlantic sunk when it was dangerously navigating at so much
speed in the North Atlantic ocean. To fly over the Andes without enough oil is as irresponsible as to be navigating in between icebergs without enough
Today also the flight controller that was that day working revealed that she has received phone calls with death threatening messages apparently from
Brazilian fans of the team or friends or relatives of the victims.
The truth is that there is no guaranty that if the controller had allowed the airplane of Lamia to land as quickly as they wanted they would have made
The great risk is that in doing that probably a major collision with another larger aircraft in the International airport Jose Maria Cordoba Airport
could have occurred causing a look like Sta Cruz of Tenerife crash as the one of March 1977.
We still have in our memories the recall of the worst airplanes crash accident of History, occurred in Sta Cruz of Tenerife in March of 1977, also
under the pressure of rushing flights that were unexpectedly arriving after to be deviated from other terminal, and with the presence of intense fog,
an extremely dangerous meteorological phenomenon that also is very common in the Colombian Andes .
In the moment the Lamia Airplane became completely out of control, falling at terrible speed there was electrical failure, so there was no way to
continue moving with instruments, the only safe way to fly on presence of fog reducing the visibility, so if this aircraft would be closer to the
descending tracks of the airport it should have represented an almost unavoidable fireball for any other airplanes in its path.
Reports established that this monday nearby the Jose Maria Cordoba Airport in Antioquia, Colombia, there were probably other 3 airplanes in descending
maneuvers on the same approximation path to the Jose Maria Cordoba terminal. Another aircraft had asked for landing priority because of its own on
The second aircraft was given permission to land while the jet carrying the Brazilian footballers was told to circle at 21,000ft.
Flight ran out of fuel approaching one of the major International airports of the Andes
Bolivian, Peruvian, Equatorian and Columbian pilots are considered statistically among the best of the world, due to the so difficult conditions they
must handle to flight in those countries with extremely high mountains dividing valleys and platos full of unpredictable air currents.
The BAE 146 Avro RJ85 jet's maximum range was 1,600 nautical miles. That is just under the distance between Medellin and Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where
the plane took off at almost full capacity.
The Lamia Charter British airplane was not really designed for such a long flight
The Thread is open to discuss the reliability of these British Charter airplanes to operate in the Andes and also what was done correctly and what
could be improved in the way the Colombian Airport controllers handled this so risky event that seems could have ended in a several times worst
situation with less luck.
Thanks for your attention,
The Angel of Lightness
edit on 12/2/2016 by The angel of light because: (no reason given)