British investigators to assist probe into Chapecoense plane crash

British investigators to assist probe into Chapecoense plane crash

London, 30 November 2016 (MIA) - Three British investigators are flying to Colombia to assist the probe into the crash of a British-made plane in which an estimated 71 people have died, AFP reports.

The investigators are expected to arrive in Medellin on Wednesday, Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The Colombian accident investigation authority has requested the assistance of the UK AAIB and BAE Systems," it said in the statement.

BAE Systems is the current company name for British Aerospace, which made the LAMIA airlines charter jet that crashed in mountains on Monday.

"The AIIB is deploying a team of three accident investigators specialising in operations, engineering and flight data recorders to the accident site," the British investigation body said.

The investigators will be assisted by representatives from BAE Systems.

The plane was sold to US company Mesaba Airlines in 1999, which sold it in 2007 to Irish carrier CityJet, which then sold it on to Lamia.

The plane declared an emergency at around 10:00pm Monday (0300 GMT Tuesday), reporting it had suffered "electrical failures", and crashed in mountains a short time later.

It was carrying members of Chapecoense Real, a Brazilian football club that had risen from obscurity to reach the Copa Sudamericana finals, which were set for Wednesday against Atletico Nacional of Colombia.

In all, there were 72 passengers and nine crew on board.

Six people survived the crash. ik/11:03



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