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Category: Plane crashes

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Emiliano Sala and crash pilot ‘probably poisoned by fumes’

Toxicology tests on footballer’s body show fatal levels of carbon monoxide exposureThe footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were probably poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes in their small plane that crashed in the Channel in January, invest…

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Chapecoense plane ran out of fuel before crash, say aviation authorities

Colombian aeronautics agency says evidence points to human error rather than technical problem or sabotage

A plane that crashed while carrying a Brazilian football team had run out of fuel before it could land, according to Colombian aviation authorities.

The Civil Aeronautics agency said the conclusion was based on the aircraft’s black boxes and other evidence. It said the evidence pointed to human error rather than technical problems or sabotage.

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Chapecoense plane crash survivor plans return to Brazil – video

Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel, one of six people who survived the plane crash that killed 71 people last month, says on Wednesday he will soon be back in Brazil. In a video released by Colombia’s San Vicente Fundación hospital, where he is being treated, the Chapecoense defender is seen walking around his hospital room and thanking supporters

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Little sympathy for Colombia plane crash pilot: ‘What he did was mass murder’

Miguel Quiroga’s father-in-law asked for forgiveness, as flight plan revealed inadequate fuel reserve for journey that killed most of a Brazilian soccer team

The father-in-law of the pilot who was operating the charter flight which crashed in the Andes killing 71 people, has asked for forgiveness, amid growing evidence that the aeroplane embarked with barely enough fuel to compete the journey.

Related: Chapecoense plane crash: fans’ anger after confirmation plane ran out of fuel

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PSG’s Edinson Cavani booked after showing T-shirt support for Chapecoense

• Cavani’s penalty was his 100th goal for PSG who beat Angers 2-0
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Edinson Cavani was booked after scoring a penalty for Paris Saint-Germain in their 2-0 defeat of Angers when he stripped off his shirt to reveal a T-shirt in support of Chapecoense, the Brazilian club which lost the majority of its squad in a plane crash in Colombia.

The goal was Cavani’s 100th in a PSG shirt and came after a foul on Hatem Ben Arfa in the 66th minute. After scoring, he took off his shirt to reveal a white T-shirt bearing a hand-drawn logo of the Brazilian club above the word “Fuerza” (strength). He pointed both hands to the sky.

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Chapecoense fans mourn plane crash victims at football stadium – video

Fans of Brazilian football team Chapecoense gather for a vigil at the Arena Condá stadium on Tuesday to mourn the players who were killed when their plane crashed in Colombia. Hundreds congregated at the stadium and spoke of their disbelief and sadness

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Chapecoense plane crash: victims to be honoured with mass wake at stadium

South America mourns after nearly all of Brazilian club’s players, management team and media contingent died when plane went down in Colombia

The victims of one of the worst disasters in South American sporting history will be honoured at a mass wake inside the football stadium of the Brazilian club at the centre of the tragedy.

Seventy-one people were killed on Monday night when a plane carrying Chapecoense, a team from Brazil’s first division, crashed shortly before it was scheduled to land in Medellín, Colombia.

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Chapecoense fans gather in grief at team’s stadium in Brazil

Mourners wear football team’s colours and place tributes outside club’s arena in Chapecó after plane crash in Colombia

Hundreds of Chapecoense fans gathered at their stadium in Chapecó, Brazil, in the early hours of Tuesday to mourn the football players and club staff killed in a plane crash in Colombia.

The Brazilian team were travelling to Medellín, Colombia, to play Atlético Nacional in the first leg of the Copa Sul-Americana on Wednesday evening, accompanied by journalists covering the match for Brazilian television, when their charter flight went down with the loss of at least 75 of the 81 on board.

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Plane carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense football team crashes in Colombia – video report

A plane carrying 81 people, including members from Brazil’s Chapecoense football team, has crashed in Colombia. There were 72 passengers and nine crew on board. Some people are reported to have survived, including goalkeeper Alan Ruschel. The team was scheduled to play a Copa Sudamericana finals match against Atlético Nacional in Medellin on Wednesday. Photograph: @AndresFelipe/Twitter

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Plane carrying Brazilian football team Chapecoense crashes in Colombia

Charter aircraft carrying more than 80 people went down during flight from Bolivia to Medellin’s international airport

Latest updates on Medellin crash

A plane carrying more than 80 people, including members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense, has crashed in Colombia according to authorities.

Related: Brazilian team Chapecoense on board plane that crashed over Colombia – latest

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Plane carrying Brazilian football team Chapecoense crashes in Colombia

Charter aircraft carrying more than 80 people went down during flight from Bolivia to Medellin’s international airport

Latest updates on Medellin crash

A plane carrying more than 80 people, including members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense, has crashed in Colombia according to authorities.

Related: Brazilian team Chapecoense on board plane that crashed over Colombia – latest

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Tasmania light plane crash: snapped rope delays retrieval of bodies

Police say they were ‘so close’ to being able to recover two bodies from the crashed plane when the rope lifting it from the seabed snapped

A snapped rope has delayed the recovery of two bodies from a plane that crashed into deep waters in southeast Tasmania.

Retrieval crews had raised the single-engine Cessna from the 88-metre seabed to 15 metres beneath a police boat where divers were about to enter the water to collect the victims.

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Nick Clegg says Russia should not host World Cup 2018

Fifa has ruled out calls for boycott after the shooting down of MH17, insisting the tournament could be ‘a force for good’ Continue reading…

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Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: what we know – and what we don’t

Confusion surrounds details of missing plane, with discrepancies over time and last position, and odd reference to Mario Balotelli

Finding missing aircraft can take days or months; unravelling what went wrong can take years. But accounts from Malaysian authorities and others involved in the search operation and investigation into flight MH370 have been particularly confusing and, in some cases, contradictory.

Has any trace of the plane been found?

Several sightings of debris and oil slicks have been reported but they have so far proved to be unrelated to MH370. Crews are searching a vast area of sea and are bound to spot flotsam and slicks from vessels; establishing that they are connected to the missing flight is another matter.

Where and when was the plane last detected?

This is perhaps the most confusing aspect of all. Malaysia Airlines repeatedly said that Subang air traffic control – which covers Kuala Lumpur airport – lost contact with the aircraft at 2.40am, almost two hours after takeoff, but later revised its last known contact to 1.30am.

That appeared to make more sense, since its last recorded position was 120 nautical miles off Kota Bharu on the east coast and online flight data showed it at that spot about 40 minutes into the flight, at roughly 1.20am, heading towards Vietnam across the South China Sea. The pilot of another aeroplane closer to Vietnam said that just after 1.30am he relayed a call to MH370 at the request of Vietnamese air traffic control and heard mumbling at the other end but then lost the connection.

There are also two unconfirmed sightings of a low-flying plane off the east coast at about 1.30am, though Les Westbrooks, associate professor of aeronautical science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, warns: “Eyewitness accounts are notoriously bad.”

Officials said the plane might have turned back and there is a report that Singaporean authorities detected a rapid descent – which could have affected whether it was picked up on radar screens. Flightradar24.com said its coverage was limited to 30,000 feet (9,100 metres) in that area.

But it was still unclear why search teams were combing the Malacca Strait, on the western side of the peninsula, until the air force chief told local media on Tuesday that military radar had picked up a signal showing the plane near the tiny island of Pulau Perak off the west coast – hundreds of kilometres north-west of Kuala Lumpur – at 2.40am; the time initially indicated by Malaysia Airlines.

It is possible that officials were, and remain, uncertain as to whether they really detected MH370.

Westbrooks noted that if the aeroplane was experiencing problems, its instruments might not have been able to respond to the radar. He said that given the size of a 777, the radar would be able to identify the presence of an object even without a response.

Who were the four passengers with suspect identities?

Only two are known to have been travelling on stolen passports. Both are thought to be Iranian, probably seeking asylum in Europe, Interpol’s secretary general has said.

There was confusion earlier because the Malaysian home minister had described them as appearing to be Asian but was then contradicted by the civil aviation chief, who appeared to suggest that one of the men looked like the black Italian footballer Mario Balotelli. Most journalists present took that to mean that he was black, although the Ministry of Transportation later clarified that the civil aviation chief, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, had been trying to emphasise that ethnicity did not indicate nationality.

The Malaysian transport and defence minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, said this week that authorities were looking at two more possible cases of suspicious identities, telling reporters: “All the four names are with me.”

Malaysian authorities have not given any further information since then. Chinese state media said one of the passport numbers on the manifest belonged to a man from Fujian, eastern China, who was safe and well – but a different name, also Chinese, was listed alongside the number. The man told police that his passport had not been lost or stolen.

What about people who checked in but did not board the flight?

On Monday, the civil aviation chief said five people checked in but did not board and their baggage was removed accordingly. On Tuesday, the inspector general of police said that everyone who was booked on to the flight had boarded – though he then contradicted himself by saying one person had missed the flight because they got the wrong day. Malaysia Airlines says that four people were booked but never checked in.

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