BOLIVIA – Prosecutors in Bolivia have arrested the chief executive officer of LaMia airlines, the owner of the carrier which was carrying 77 people when the flight ran out of fuel and crashed killing 71 onboard. Nineteen members of the Chapecoense football team also died in the crash that occurred on 28 November.
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Nineteen members of the Chapecoense football team also died in the crash that occurred on 28 November.
Gustavo Vargas, director general of the Bolivian charter firm, was arrested as part of a probe into the November 29 crash which claimed the lives of 71 people, including all but a handful of players from Chapecoense Real football club.
“There was an arrest order for the director of the company,” said prosecutor Ivan Quintanilla, who told reporters he had issued arrest orders for six people in connection with the crash, including a secretary and a mechanic at the airline.
The Bolivian attorney general Ramiro Guerrero said the initial investigation was into possible criminal failure to follow safety procedures.
“It could easily turn into a manslaughter case,” he said.
The crash, which killed 71 people after the plane apparently ran out of fuel, sent shockwaves through global football.
Pakistan, which has just witnessed one of the worst national tragedies in the form of a plane crash that took lives of 47 people is yet to learn to cope with these issues which firmly stand in our way to progress and development.