Arrest of woman linked to 2016 crash

Brazilian police announced on Friday the arrest of a wanted Bolivian citizen following the air crash at Chapecoense football club in 2016, which claimed the lives of 71 people. The woman, whose identity is not known, was fleeing Bolivian police who are looking for her for allegedly approving the flight plan of the plane carrying the team without meeting minimum security requirements.

According to the newspaper sheet from Sao Paulo, it would be Celia Castedo Monasterio, arrested in Corumbá, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, pending her extradition to her country of origin, according to the police.

Avant the Copa Sudamericana finale

The crash took place in November 2016, when the Brazilian side of Chapecoense were due to travel to Colombia to face Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, the second South American competition after the Copa Libertadores, the equivalent of the Europa League in Europe.

Departing from Brazil, the team made a stopover in Bolivia in Santa Cruz before resuming a flight to Colombia. The plane crashed with 73 passengers and four crew members on board in a mountainous area at 3,300m altitude about 50 km from Medellin, leaving only six survivors.

(The essential / afp)

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