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Families of Chapecoense air crash victims demand indemnity

October 4, 2018

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, funeral employees ready caskets covered in white sheets with a Chapecoense soccer team logo that contain the remains of team members, at the San Vicente funeral home in Medellin, Colombia. The families of victims of the plane crash that killed 71 people in 2016, arrived in Bolivia Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, to demand compensation. Colombian authorities concluded that fuel shortages and negligence caused the crash of the charter airline, registered in Bolivia, on its way to the Colombian city of Medellin. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The families of victims of a plane crash that killed 71 people in 2016, including most members of the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, arrived to Bolivia on Thursday to demand indemnity.

The soccer team was on its way to play a South American cup final in the Colombian city of Medellin when the plane crashed on a mountain just a few miles away. Colombian authorities have concluded that fuel shortages and negligence caused the crash on Nov. 28, 2016.

The flight was operated by a charter airline registered in Bolivia known as LaMia, whose general manager was charged with manslaughter following the accident.

Relatives arrived Thursday to the eastern Bolivian city of Santa Cruz hoping to meet with former airline officials, Bolivian civil aviation authorities and insurance company representatives.

Lawyer Josmeyr Oliveira, who is representing families of the Brazilian victims, told journalists that they have not received a single cent.

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