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Colombia plane crash: Air-traffic controller reports death threats

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Dec 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Bogota, Dec 2: The air-traffic controller who communicated with the pilot of the plane carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer club shortly before it crashed near the Colombian city of Medellin, says she has received death threats in the wake of the accident. Yaneth Moli said in a statement to her colleagues that it was comforting to have their support following Monday night’s crash, which left 71 of the plane’s 77 occupants dead and prompted some “ignorant people” to threaten her, Efe news agency reported.The pilot had initially requested landing priority after verifying that the plane was low on fuel but did not report an emergency situation, prompting Moli to give priority to another plane that had reported a fuel leak. The Lamia plane subsequently suffered an electrical failure while in a holding pattern, after which the pilot alerted the control tower. (IANS)

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