The deadly plane crash in Columbia that killed 71 passengers may have been the result of the flight running out of fuel while circling the airport.

FOX's Gurnal Scott has the story:

Key factors may point to why the plane went down. First is distance. The plane's route: Santa Cruz, Bolivia to Medellin, may have been too far for the plane's fuel capacity.

As for the fuel itself, the flight may have already been short on it when another plane with a fuel issue forced the doomed flight into a holding pattern. The pilot was said demand via radio transmission to land because of a lack of fuel and electrical problems.

It is still being investigated whether the fuel issues were due to a shortage, a leak or something else.

Gurnal Scott, FOX News.

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