Colombia plane crash: Aviation authorities investigate flight data

Experts are now studying the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder found among the wreckage.

The wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team is seen after it crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, on November 29, 2016. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - As the football world joins Columbia and Brazil in mourning following a deadly plane crash which claimed at least 71 lives, aviation authorities are investigating the flight data.

Experts are now studying the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder found among the wreckage strewn over a mountainside in Columbia.

The plane was carrying a local Brazilian soccer team, their staff members and some journalists when it crashed.

Columbian officials say only five people survived the crash.

SA Flyer magazine editor Guy Leitch says: "This is a very rare plane crash and it's very seldom that modern equipment, like RJ85 that crashed in Colombia, crashes. Airlink in South Africa has operated them very successfully."

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)