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Colombian officials say crashed plane with Brazilian soccer team ran out of fuel

Reuters

Rescue crew work at the wreckage from a plane that crashed into Colombian jungle with Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense near Medellin, Colombia, on November 29, 2016.

Colombian authorities said the charter plane that crashed outside Medellín carrying a Brazilian soccer team ran out of fuel as it tried to complete the long flight from Bolivia to Colombia.

“We can clearly affirm that the plane did not have fuel at the moment of impact,” Freddy Bonilla, Colombia’s secretary of air security, told reporters Wednesday evening.

Bonilla said the plane, owned by the small, Bolivia-based LaMia airlines, had been in violation of international and local regulations that require planes to carry reserve fuel between airports.

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