Colombia's civil aviation authority Aerocivil has confirmed that both recorders of the LAMIA Bolivia British Aerospace Avro RJ85 that crashed near Medellin have been recovered, and were found in "good condition".

Parts of the aircraft were found within a radius of 500m (1,645ft) around the impact site, says Aerocivil.

LAMIA Avro RJ85 recorders


Of the 81 people on board the aircraft, six survived the crash. The six survivors were found outside the destroyed fuselage, says Aerocivil. A local police spokesman says a seventh survivor was found, but died in hospital.

It is not immediately clear what caused the crash. The aircraft, operating to Medellin in Colombia from Santa Cruz in Bolivia, had reported an electrical failure and declared an emergency south of Medellin before it crashed in a mountainous region in the evening of 28 November.

Data from Flightradar24 show the aircraft in a circular flying pattern before it crashed.

The flight would have allowed little room for deviations. The flight distance between Santa Cruz and Medellin is just under the 1,600nm (2,960km) operational range of the Avro RJ85 with full payload. Photos from the crash site show no signs of fire.

The Avro RJ85 was operating a charter flight with a Brazilian soccer team on board. Brazil's civil aviation authority ANAC says today that LAMIA Bolivia had applied to operate the charter flight from Brazil to Colombia, but its request was declined because the bilateral agreement between the two countries did not allow for operation of charter flights by a third party country carrier.

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