Friday, 17 August 2012 21:56
Damning findings in fatal plane crash investigation lead to legal action against FACH.
The results of an investigation into the tragic CASA 212 plane crash prompted lawyers of victims’ families to file a request to prosecute former commanders of the Chilean Air Force (FACH) on Friday. CASA 212 was piloted by FACH Lieutenant Carolina Fernández, who died in the crash as well.
The investigation, published earlier this month by Chile’s Air Accident Investigation Board (JIAA), concluded that a failure by the FACH to instigate protocol in adverse weather conditions led to the accident that claimed 21 lives off Juan Fernández island in September last year
. Among the dead were well-known Chilean TV star Felipe Camiroaga and philanthropist Felipe Cubillos.
“It is now very clear that the Air Force is responsible for the fatal accident,” Cristián Arias, one of the lawyers, told The Santiago Times. “We have asked for these responsibilities to be recognized.”
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British born, Angus grew up in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. He studied English at Stanford University, and graduated in 2007 before going on to work as a political speechwriter in the UK Parliament. He completed post graduate study in journalism at the London School of Journalism in 2011 and moved to Chile in March 2012 because he'd never been to South America. Angus supports the Aston Villa football club and claims he "bleeds claret and blue.”