Grief turns to anger amid reports of lack of fuel in crash


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The somber farewell come as details emerged pointing to possible negligence and unsettling family ties between LaMia airline, the Bolivian charter company, and the aviation agency that approved the flight plan between Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and Medellin, that exceeded the British-built short-haul jet's maximum flying range. Those of a Venezuelan victim were sent home on a commercial flight and the remains of a Paraguayan victim left Colombia late on Thursday.

Families of the 71 victims are to receive their bodies in Brazil on Friday.

The tragedy has prompted the football world to rally around the club from Chapeco, a city in southern Brazil.

CNN reports that the plane was filled with almost the entire Brazilian football team Chapecoense Real. "For that reason, our community is mourning with the people of Chapeco". Dozens of fans continued a vigil at the Chapecoense stadium as an impromptu shrine continued to swell with fresh flowers and handmade posters.

Cemetery workers prepare burial sites in Chapeco, Brazil.

Greats of the game, including Pele and Messi, have joined tributes to the players killed.

"I had many friends over there, I played for Vitoria for five years and I worked with the coach [Caio Junior] and the backroom staff, and two other players as well". But after being permitted to land, the plane crashed in a mountainous area.

Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel was in critical but stable condition in intensive care after having back surgery. They will be flown home on a series of flights throughout the day.

Following the tragedy, Atletico Nacional appealed to South American football's governing body Conmebol, publishing a statement asking them to "give the title of Copa Sudamericana to Chapecoense as an honorary award for this great loss, and in posthumous homage to the victims of the fatal accident that rocked our sport". Three soccer players, two crew members and a journalist survived the crash. Three survived but are hospitalized in Colombia. The rest will be able to watch the ceremony on screens set up outside.

LaMia's general director, Gustavo Vargas, was a longtime pilot for Bolivian President Evo Morales.

Although the timeline was not immediately clear, shortly after, the pilot radios: "Ma'am, Lima-Mike-India 2933 is in total failure, total electrical failure, without fuel". The plane begged for authorization to land, citing fuel problems; the tower said a diverted plane experiencing mechanical problems had priority and told the plane to circle for seven minutes.

Worldwide flight regulations require aircraft to carry enough reserve fuel so they can fly for 30 minutes after reaching their destination in case they need to circle before landing or fly to another airport.

Aviation authorities in Bolivia have already issued a suspension on the operational license of LaMia.