Bolivia shuts airline

Operations at a Bolivian charter airline whose plane ran out of fuel and crashed in the Colombian mountains, killing 71 people including most of a Brazilian football team have been temporarily shut down by Bolivian authorities.

Authorities have also suspended the permit for Charter company LAMIA.

Bolivia also suspended the executive staff of the civil aviation authority and the airports administrator while the probe takes place.

The disaster killed most of the Brazilian football club Chapecoense Real and 20 journalists travelling with them to a major regional championship match.

LAMIA has flown global superstar Lionel Messi and national and regional teams in the past.

A statement released on Thursday by Bolivian authorities said that the dead included 64 Brazilians, five Bolivians, a Venezuelan and a Paraguayan.

A terrifying audio recording aired by Colombian media in which the pilot radios frantically that he is out of fuel as emerged.

In the recording, pilot Miguel Quiroga is heard asking if he can land plane as it is running out of fuel.

The operator tells him he will have to wait seven minutes for another plane to land first.

“We have a fuel emergency, ma’am, that’s why I am asking you for it at once,” the pilot replies.

“Ma’am, Lima-Mike-India 2933 is in total failure, total electrical failure, without fuel.”