Authorities Detain Head Of Airline In Chapecoense Crash Investigation

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The Chief executive of airline, LaMia, who owns the plane that crashed last week in Columbia has been detained by Bolivian authorities on Tuesday.
The plane crash killed nearly all of Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team, prosecutors said.
The chief executive,Gustavo Vargas and two other employees of the tiny Bolivia-based charter airline were taken for questioning in a prosecutor’s office in Santa Cruz for up to eight hoursbefore prosecutors decide if they should be held in jail.
Bolivian Attorney General Ramiro Guerrero said the initial investigation is into possible criminal failure to follow safety procedures.
“It could easily turn into a manslaughter case,” he said.
The crash claimed the lives of 71 people after the plane apparently ran out of fuel.
Earlier on Tuesday, Bolivia demanded Brazil expel a Bolivian air traffic controller who traveled there to provide authorities information about the crash.

Bolivian Interior Minister Carlos Romero said Celia Castedo had illegally bypassed migration controls on her way out of the country in an attempt to flee justice. He said Castedo was being sought as part of a broad investigation into Bolivia’s air travel authority after the Nov. 28 crash.
“There is no argument to justify an asylum request,” Romero said. “Logically, in a case like this there should be a process of automatic expulsion (from Brazil).”

Brazil’s Federal prosecutors disclosed late on Monday that the woman had come to them in the border city of Corumba after the Bolivian air travel authority accused her of negligence.
Brazilian TV station Globo reported Castedo was seeking asylum in Brazil and that she had questioned a flight plan showing the intended route would push the limits of the plane’s maximum possible flight time.

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