Colombian Aviation Authority Periscopes During Recovery at Crash Site

Nov 29, 2016

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Last night, an aircraft carrying 72 passengers and nine crew members crashed near Rionegro, Colombia. The aftermath of the tragic accident revealed that only six people had survived — three players of the Chapecoense soccer team that was on board, two crew members and one journalist who was traveling with the team.

Reports indicate that the Avro RJ85 aircraft had reported mechanical problems as it flew over mountainous areas around Medellín. As emergency responders combed their way through the wreckage looking for survivors and the black boxes — which they eventually found — the Aeronáutica Civil, the civil aviation authority of Colombia, Periscoped during its time on the scene.

The raw footage has raised some questions and concerns over the choice to broadcast live with no filter. This is something we’ve likely never seen from a national civil aviation authority.

In the video, rescuers can be seen presumably carrying a body on a stretcher up a hill. In fact, the caption on the video is loosely translated as “Transport of bodies of the air accident in Antioquia.” Hopefully in the coming days and weeks we’ll have more answers as to what exactly led to this tragedy and how anything of this magnitude can be prevented in the future.

What do you think of the civil aviation authority’s decision to Periscope from the scene of the crash?

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