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Colombia: Funeral home reports on returning crash victims' bodies01:16

Colombia: Funeral home reports on returning crash victims' bodies

Colombia, Rio Negro
December 1, 2016 at 12:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

The press officer of the San Vicente funeral home Jorge Escobar Urrego spoke to the press outside the Colombian National Institute of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences, in Rio Negro, Antioquia, on Thursday, about the returning the bodies of the victims of the plane crash that occurred near Medellin on Monday.

Urrego said, "There's a body to be picked up, which belongs to a young man named Alex. We are waiting for the body to be turned over. Since last night, four bodies were turned over."

There were 77 people on board the aircraft when it went down at 20:00 local time (01:00 GMT, Tuesday) in Colombia. The flight's destination, Jose Maria Cordova International Airport near Medellin, stated that the plane, travelling from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, announced that they were experiencing electrical failures while flying over the municipalities of La Ceja and La Union, declaring an emergency to the airport before losing contact.

Initial investigations into the crash have revealed that the BAE 146 plane did not have the necessary reserve fuel that would be needed in an emergency. It lost altitude around eight miles (12.9 km) from Medellin airport, resulting in the crash.

Colombia: Funeral home reports on returning crash victims' bodies01:16
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The press officer of the San Vicente funeral home Jorge Escobar Urrego spoke to the press outside the Colombian National Institute of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences, in Rio Negro, Antioquia, on Thursday, about the returning the bodies of the victims of the plane crash that occurred near Medellin on Monday.

Urrego said, "There's a body to be picked up, which belongs to a young man named Alex. We are waiting for the body to be turned over. Since last night, four bodies were turned over."

There were 77 people on board the aircraft when it went down at 20:00 local time (01:00 GMT, Tuesday) in Colombia. The flight's destination, Jose Maria Cordova International Airport near Medellin, stated that the plane, travelling from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, announced that they were experiencing electrical failures while flying over the municipalities of La Ceja and La Union, declaring an emergency to the airport before losing contact.

Initial investigations into the crash have revealed that the BAE 146 plane did not have the necessary reserve fuel that would be needed in an emergency. It lost altitude around eight miles (12.9 km) from Medellin airport, resulting in the crash.

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