The Chain Of Fate That Brought Down The Chapeco Football Club

Some days ago on November 28 I received a text message on WhatsApp from a girl I’m very close to in Rio de Janeiro.  Shortly after that we spoke directly on the phone.  She was distraught, having lost a journalist friend who was aboard the charter plane carrying the team members of the Chapeco football club to their next match.  Fifty-one players and people associated with the team were killed when the plane went down in the Andes Mountains near Medellin, Colombia.  In such times, you can do little more than try to offer comfort and condolences.

As I read more about the tragedy, I was even more unsettled to learn about the negligence and dereliction of duty that had led to the crash.  Accidents involving death are always tragic; they are doubly so when the accidents themselves may have been preventable.  I wanted to give my thoughts on the incident here.


Chapeco is a city in the state of Santa Caterina, Brazil.  The Chapecoense team had been enjoying unexpected success in its tournament, and was preparing to go into the finals of the Copa Sudamericana, which is the second largest football tournament in South America.  The team had been flying from Bolivia to Medellin, Colombia.  The jet involved was a British Aerospace 146 aircraft, owned by the Bolivian company LaMia.  Although a complete investigation has not been completed, enough details have surfaced for us to reconstruct approximately what happened.  It is an unsettling picture.

According to aviation rules, planes are supposed to carry enough fuel to permit them to fly for thirty minutes beyond the time for their scheduled destination.  To make up for time lost from a delay, the pilot in this case chose to ignore the need to refuel the jet, believing that he could make it to Medellin.  For this failed gamble, he paid with his life, and with the lives of the passengers he was obligated to protect.

According to the flight plan, the pilot was supposed to stop and refuel in the Bolivian city of Cojiba en route to Medellin.  But the problem was that this was a charter flight, a private flight, and it was not properly registered with the Colombian aviation authorities.  Even more tragic is the fact that the team was originally supposed to leave on a direct flight from Brazil.  But because Brazil understandably does not allow charter flights to leave its territory that are not properly registered in their countries of departure or destination, the team had to use a more circuitous route.

So the plan was to fly from Sao Paolo, Brazil to Bolivia, and then go from Bolivia to Colombia.  But the flight to Bolivia arrived about an hour late; and this meant that it could not refuel in Cojiba as planned since the airport there could not handle refueling operations at night.  Instead of choosing another city to refuel in, the pilot decided top off his tanks and make straight for Medellin; in his estimation, we can imagine, he would make up for lost time and thereby please his passengers.

The pilot, whose name was Miguel Quiroga, should have known better.  The flight plan he submitted would have stretched his aircraft’s range capacity to the very limit (4 hours and 22 minutes), allowing no room for error or unexpected fuel consumption en route.  Quiroga decided not to make any other alternate plans.

Why this was so, we do not yet know.  Perhaps he was coming under pressure by his impatient passengers.  Perhaps he overestimated his own abilities.  Perhaps he was lazy and didn’t give a shit about the potential consequences.  We do not know.  What we do know is that Quiroga never should have made the decision he did.  It was grossly negligent, perhaps even criminally so; we also do not know why the authorities refused to stop him.


To add tragedy on top of tragedy, it now appears that the plane might have just barely made it but for a last-minute delay as the plane was approaching Medellin.  Quiroga had run out of fuel completely and was literally flying on vapors as he drew close to Medellin.  We know from a leaked recorded conversation with the aviation authorities in Medellin that he asked for emergency permission to land due to impending equipment failure.  Apparently he did not make his point clearly enough, or perhaps he tried to camouflage the true extent of the crisis.

But air traffic control told Quiroga to wait another ten minutes or so, since there was another plane that needed an emergency landing.  This extra few minutes were what tipped the scales of Fortune against him and the passengers, for the plane could not stay in the air for another ten minutes.  Flight 2933 then began its terrible descent from the skies, crashing into a mountainside just 30 miles from Medellin.

What makes this event so supremely tragic is that it was so preventable.  At any link in this chain of Fate, prudent consideration might have stopped the rush to disaster.  But it was not to be.  In such ways does Fortune remind us that she alone is the arbiter of all events, and will always punish the willful arrogance of men, hurtling them to their doom for their folly.

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76 thoughts on “The Chain Of Fate That Brought Down The Chapeco Football Club”

  1. Good article Quintus, and indeed a tragedy where so many young and athletic mens lives are cut drastically short. Reminds me of the Ice Hockey team which all died in Russia in 2011. The Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash.
    They got a fitting requiem in Minsk at the arena they were supposed to be playing in, and not a single person refunded their tickets, who just a day beforehand thought they would be attending a joyful professional ice hockey match with friends and family. RIP.

  2. That’s crazy. I’m no expert, but I did take flying lessons years ago and to this day I remember my instructor hammering into my head that you simply don’t fly (even on local screw-off fun flights) without taking 10 minutes to plot your course, set an alternate, and compute the fuel required plus a bit of reserve to allow for unforeseen weather or whatever.
    It’s common fucking sense.
    Frankly I’m glad that pilot’s dead, it’s just too bad he took others with him.

  3. Lionel Messi and the entire Argentina national soccer team had flown on that same airplane two weeks earlier. It may have even been the same pilot.

      1. I will never understand how people spend hour after hour watching and talking about professional sports.

  4. I’ve also crashed in Medellin …
    … between the legs of several gorgeous young hotties.

  5. Interesting analysis the key is planning. Having a solid plan with contingencies designed to mitigate risk. If you YOLO at least assess the most dangerous outcome and decide if the effects are worth it.

  6. I’m a big football(soccer) junkie and this tragedy hits me hard. Especially when I looked at the selfies of footballers just before take off. They were so full of life, eagerly anticipating the upcoming match. When tragedies like this happen, I always wondered what were the reaction of victims when they realize death is imminent? Did they panic and lose all rational thought? Or did they stayed calm and steel themselves for the almighty crash?
    Accidents like these inspire me to be grateful of another day on Earth. I’m not religious but I realize death comes in all forms and shapes and it strikes unexpectedly.

    1. One of the players said he survived because he listened to the preflight safety briefing and did a head-between-knees tucked position. Supposedly, he said when they knew they were going to crash a lot of people stood up out of their seats and were yelling.

      1. Actually, that’s was a misunderstanding. The guy two supposedly said that just gave an interview I watched less than a half hour ago. He was one of the crewmen, not a player, and when the reporter asked him about that, he said he never said that. Apparently, the news outlet (Globo’s G1) who reported he said that was either lying or fed false information.

        1. That seems like an extreme allegation. Is there anything to support the idea that he was lying ?

    2. Me too. When I read about this tragedy I felt sick as it reminded me of the 1993 Zaire crash which I recall seeing unfold-being 8 years old at the time. What a terrible loss of life; this one will hurt for a while.

  7. Hey, Quintus!
    Here’s a couple things about this tragedy that I’ve heard and may clarify some points of your article:
    – I’ve heard from a few sources, including audio recordings that are supposedly from a man that seems to know both owners of La Mia (one of who was the pilot of that flight and died in the crash), that, apparently, it was a recurring practice for that company to run its plane on the very limits of fuel. According to what the guy in those recordings said, the company acted with such disregard for fuel safety margins so it could make more money. That’s all.
    – The last minute delay that happened when the plane was about to land was also the pilot’s fault. You see, apparently, air trafic control differentiates between priority landing requests and emergency landing requests. By the time the pilot had arrived at Medellin, he was indeed running on fumes, so he should have requested emergency landing clearance and reported that he was out of fuel. However, he only requested priority landing, and another plane, an airbus, had already requested an emergency landing because it was leaking fuel. Why did the La Mia pilot (and co-owner) request priority and not emergency? Because if he had confessed to ATC that he was out of fuel, the company would have paid such a massive fine it would’ve been bankrupt. So, he requested priority, claimed something other than the fact that that he was out of fuel, and had to wait. He had no more fuel to wait, ran out, and crashed. So, apparently that’s the price of 70-odd human lives… a fine.
    Anyway, I got all of that from local media (Globo, and you know what else), and my own personal sources.
    Also, what was the name of the journalist your girl knew? Happens to be Guilherme Marques? Some of my friends, my girlfriend and some of her friends knew the guy, too.

  8. Very good article. I’m currently pursuing a post graduate research topic in systems based accident analysis. This incident appears to check the right boxes if one looks higher up the accident causation chain. Tragically so.
    Never rely on an external condition being met in ensuring safety. Rather rely on having a number of workable options available in the event things don’t go as planned.

  9. Useless article. And there still isn’t an article on Pizzagate.
    ROK is pissing me off since weeks.
    I hope you get your shit together, because otherwise I have to play a major role in the future of ROK.

  10. This isn’t the first or last tragedy caused by pilot/human error. This sort of story occurs much more frequent and even on more “reputable” airlines than the public knows about. Sometimes these cowboy pilots ignore gauges and procedures just to land the plane.

    1. I’ve seen just about every Air Crash Investigation video on youtube. It’s shocking to see some of those cases as you explain — pure negligence. . .with intent in many cases!

        1. If you’re a pilot, I highly recommend perusing reports an accidents in the aircraft type and category of flight operations you are involved in– or considering getting involved in.
          Much easier to learn from others mistakes vice making them yourself. Which is what ‘hangar flying’ is about– swapping stories about the stupid stuff you did that you learned from.

      1. Most of the time it seems as if it’s the ego of a headstrong pilot, he can fly out of any situation regardless of anything. Ignore all the rules so he can tell his other pilot buddies a cool story at the airport bar as they get drunk before they fly out.

        1. Actually, I have to take issue with this. The culture within the aviation industry couldn’t be more professional. Accidents like this one are the exception more than the norm. Any time a pilot starts boasting about pushing limits, he’s usually met with resistance from his peers. Alcohol and drug use before flights has all but been eliminated so much so that you hear about EVERY one that happens and it’s damn rare. It’s impossible to get to the cockpit drunk these days and the consequences are severe. Pilots are A type personalities because the job demands it.
          As captains it’s our job to get the plane to the destination if it can get there legally. That means you have to push the operation to the limit without going beyond. That puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the captain. On the rare occasion we fall a little beyond the limit it’s usually a cause for some serious introspection and resolve to never do it again. We certainly don’t go boasting about it.
          However, there are those pilots that live beyond the limit. The pilot community tries very hard to weed those people out before the law of averages does it for us. They don’t live long and they really stick out.

        2. I am not a pilot but do work in the industry and have heard plenty of times quite the opposite than what you have mentioned. I hear pilots boasting all the time about pushing the limits and other reckless cowboy maneuvers.
          I agree that the drunk flying isn’t as prevalent anymore but still does happen. I am not saying a pilot is an easy or non demanding job all I am saying is that most pilots Ive met have a huge ego and think that they can fly out of anything. Especially the older more “experienced” pilots that have seen it all and landed in every condition or situation possible.

        3. Some pilots talk a lot differently among other pilots than they do around non pilots. I’ve been doing it for a long time and I can smell a bullshit story a mile away. I’ve done just about every type of flying there is to do. I don’t know how many times I’ve walked in while some kid is carrying on about how great of a pilot he is, only to see him clam up tighter than a snare drum because he knew he was either full of shit, or knew his story wouldn’t go over well with someone who knows their shit.
          It’s like anything else, you don’t know what you don’t know till you know you don’t know it.

      2. I’ve watched them all too. I keep checking to see if new ones have been posted. It’s amazing how many of these were preventable, except for a pilot, maintenance tech, or even the company that built the plane phoning it in.

  11. A reader who is actually a commercial airline pilot from Germany just emailed me to amplify and correct some of the aviation references I made in this article. Much appreciated! I will post these corrections here for anyone who is interested:
    ” According to aviation rules, planes are supposed to carry enough fuel to permit them to fly for thirty minutes beyond the time for their scheduled destination. ”
    It’s even more. Each commercial flight is required by law to have the fuel from
    – A (departure) to B (destination)
    – plus 5% thereof
    – plus fuel to go around at B and fly to C (alternate airport)
    – to hold there (C) for 30 mins (final reserve)
    ” But the problem was that this was a charter flight, a private flight,”
    This doesn’t matter.
    It wasn’t “private”, it was a commercial flight.
    ” Flight 2933 then began its terrible descent from the skies, crashing into a mountainside just 30 miles from Medellin.”
    The plane crashed 11 NM from the airport, about 20 km.

    1. I would be interested to know how laws are enforced or which body governs their creation and regulation.
      “Each commercial flight is required by law to have the fuel from”
      So I get how this would work with a domestic flight, but is there an international set of rules by which all commercial flights must conform and who is the body which creates and enforces these rules?

    2. Hm. Interesting.
      Is this standard for aviation rules everywhere? Internationally?
      The problem is that, as with every market and industry everywhere, there are always some bastards sneaking around and dodging requirements like these, one way or another.
      Also, if you’re interested, I posted here some stuff I heard about this tragedy, myself.

      1. Is this standard for aviation rules everywhere? Internationally?

        Yup ICAO – International Civil Aviation Organisation – Where international aviation standards are set. It’s part of the UN. One of the few sensible pan national ideas. I hold an ICAO compliant PPL – private pilots licence, nothing fancy, just for single engine piston aircraft, but enough to be familiar with this space.
        The pilot was – it seems – guilty of criminal negligence. But….from a crew relationship management point of view, he may have been under pressure to cut corners. Pressure from some combination of the client or his employer, someone senior – the dreaded seniority gradient, pressure to get home on time from his wife or girlfriend, or even his own macho ego. This is often the case, especially in the third world.
        This sort of thing happens all the time, especially in general aviation – private operations, or commercial charter, especially single crew ops. It’s less common in a multi-crew commercial environment in Western nations. Mitigation strategies for all the soft issues related to Crew Relationship Management are covered in training and refreshed often.

        1. I see.
          Thanks, man. That clarifies some things!
          Thing is, though, that while the whole employer-pressure thing exists, in this case it’s even more absurd. Inexcusable, even. Why? Because, as has been reported everywhere here in Brazil, the pilot was one of the two owners of the airline. He had even greater responsibility than a normal pilot would, I’d say. The passengers where his clients, and the crewmen his employees. It’s unbelievable.
          What do you mean with multi crew environments though?

        2. here in Brazil, the pilot was one of the two owners of the airline.

          Given that, it’s not difficult to imagine that he personally felt the commercial pressure more than a normal paid aircraft jockey. That BA 146 aircraft is powered by 4 turbo-fans- the same as on the massive 2 rotor Chinook helicopter – which totes 2 and can carry 44 fully equipped troops.
          These engines burn alot of kerosene and waiting for ATC – Air Traffic Control – clearance – perhaps holding and circling for 10-15 mins, landing, taxiing and taking off – uses plenty and that dollar meter runs fast. The saving from avoiding a fuel stop would be considerable – landing fees, ground crew as well as fuel. A quick google tells me the 146 burns about 2 tonnes of Jet A1 (kerosene) per hour in level flight cruise. Jet A1 weighs about 700 grams/ litre. So that’s about 2,850 litres per hour. The burn rate is more for climbing. That’s serious money.
          Questions that should be asked by the crash investigators. Was the airline financially struggling? What’s the history of the crew and the airline. What do the logs – which ICAO stipulates must be kept by the fuel depots and the airline – tell us about fuel upload – time-distances flown and was this skimping common practice?

          What do you mean with multi crew environments though?

          2 pilots, the 146 has a requirement for 2 crew. Here the spare pilot it seems may well have been under pressure to suspend normal pilot-do copilot-check protocols, because the owner was one of them and – so it seems – letting his consideration of costs trump his adherence to the sensible ICAO fuel margin standards.
          Some aircraft are certified for commercial operations carrying passengers with 1 pilot – that is to say single crew ops. The Cessna 208 Caravan and Pilatus PC12 spring to mind. The requirement for 2 pilots depends on number of pax, type of operation and age of pilots.

        3. So, that’s pretty much what sealed it, it seems. Those engines burn a whole lot, as you said, and it has been confirmed that he had to circle twice, due to the waiting line that piled up (he requested priority landing, not emergency, and there were some 3-4 priority landings plus the emergency airbus landing before him). After the second one, he called an emergency landing due to some major electrical failure but couldn’t make it due to the fact that… well, shit, he had no gas! Seems like the pilot failed to consider many variables due to his pressure to profit from that trip. And the fuel consumption for his plane was one of them.
          And thanks for clearing up the multi crew environment thing. I can see how it must have only made things worse.

        4. Should have made things better, i.e. the NLMKY (Never Let Me Kill You) aspect to flying. The co-pilot should have been questioning the pilot’s fuel management decisions and asserting himself earlier, prior to getting into extremis.
          That’s the basis of a philosophy in training/cockpit management that evolved to overcome the ‘power discrepancy’ that had developed of junior pilots giving too much deference to the pilot in command. (Variously called Cockpit Resource Management/Crew Resource Management/Aircrew Coordination/…)

        5. The pilot in command should have immediate declared an emergency with the words – ‘Mayday!, Mayday!, Mayday! (words that give you priority) am declaring an emergency, request immediate straight in landing due to critical fuel state’, or something like that.
          But that would have likely prompted questions to be asked after he landed – because of the ICAO statutory fuel reserve requirements, which Air Traffic Control know about. So it seems likely, that to avoid this embarrassment and the repercussions, he chanced it and came unstuck, literally dying of embarrassment – and killing all on board – whilst trying to cover his arse.
          It’s quite likely that this fuel reserve mismanagement to save cost routine was common practice in that airline. The fuel logs carefully cross referenced with the aircraft’s log from the flight history will show this; if the aircraft crash investigation is half up to snuff.
          The remedy – to stop this happening in the future – is compliance enforcement, spot checks and these days with more automation – automatic data submission about fuel state/ flight plans for reasonableness checks on actual fuel reserve minimums used in day to day ops.
          A dead-stick landing (that is to say without engines) at night, in hilly terrain, with a stall speed (minimum flying speed) of about 190 km/h has a good chance of not ending well…..which seems to be what happened.
          There is also very good chance the pilot/s didn’t even manage a minimum speed engines-out off landing field approach attempt, but as engines flamed-out (ran out of fuel) in sequence, leaving asymmetric thrust, this caused the plane to roll over and spin in (this is called minimum single engine control speed Vmc and it’s a killer). The building guilt addled panic would have added to this likelihood.
          It wouldn’t have been a whole lot of fun for those on board.
          I havnt seen photos of the wreck, it should be clear from that if it spun in, or just broke up on the final off-field approach. And of course the flight data recorders and voice recorders will tell much of the story.

    3. The pilots cannot control the routes. That’s handled by Air Traffic Control, right? So, as a pilot, it would make sense for it to be mandatory to have all those extra fuel reserves in case ATC puts you in a hold, or directs you to another airport. Skipping the fuel for that extra coverage would indeed be suicide. What a dumbass.

      1. It’s also the pilot’s responsibility to monitor his fuel use, maintain awareness of what it requires and clearly communicate his situation to ATC. That includes declaring what you WILL do, i.e. you’re not asking you are telling them. ‘Clear all traffic between me and XXXX airport, I am at emergency fuel state and will land on Runway XX.’

        1. Yeah, for emergencies they have to let pilots land. But if everyone was claiming “emergency” it would be chaos, and and investigation must be opened — which then incurs penalties on the carrier if the emergency could have been avoided on the pilot’s part. This is just stuff I’ve heard, not sure myself (not a pilot). It just seems to me that if these 2nd-rate pilots are depending absolutely on the emergency landing permission, they’d be the last person you’d want to hire to fly you around the world. I wonder how they got to fly such high profile passengers.

        2. Yes, if you declare an emergency you can expect there might be a follow up from the FAA, with a notice of violation if you did something wrong. Better than dying though if you put yourself in a tough spot. Knew an Air Traffic Controller– he got very frustrated with private pilots getting lost and then not calling for any assistance until they were at emergency fuel state. All he could do was try and locate them and notify authorities on where the crash was. If you get yourself in a fuel critical situation due to bad judgment, FAA probably won’t hammer you too much the first time as they don’t want to discourage folks from ‘fessing up and avoiding a crash.
          FWIW- ex-military pilot flew helicopters in the USN and exchange tour with the RN. I hold commercial and instrument rotary wing, and multi-engine airplane (fixed wing) Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificates. Haven’t flown in years though.

        3. Whoever chartered the flight for the team probably knew little more than “How do I get them from here to there for as little as possible?” It’s normally safe to assume that any licensed crew should be able to do the job. Except in cases like this were it isn’t.

    4. For how tight the fuel was just one fat girl getting on the plane would have caused them to crash.

    5. Well both charter and commercial flights are private flights.
      Great article though. Incredible that they crashed because they ran out of fuel! I can imagine taking this risk in a car but in a plane?!

      1. ‘commercial’ is a category of flights meaning you’re hauling passengers or cargo for money. US has a couple of categories (example part 135). Rules are very strict– if you’re doing more than splitting the cost of a flight with someone it’s considered commercial vice private and additional restrictions/rules apply.

      2. A lot of these terms are misused.
        Commercial operations- any operation for hire. This includes; hot air balloon rides, aerial photography, aerial spraying, passengers and cargo. It’s a broad term. A “commercial pilot” certificate is required to operate a hot air balloon ride, it is also required to fly for a charter company. An airline pilot is required to carry an ATP (the general public never uses this term). To obtain an ATP, first, you must have a commercial pilot certificate.
        “Private pilot” often misused to describe a pilot who flies a jet for a small company or rich person. A private pilot certificate is the first of about 9 certificates an airline pilot usually holds. A private pilot certificate allows a person to fly a small single engine airplane (you can get your private in a multi as well but it’s uncommon) for fun and not for hire. A private pilot is also restricted to flying in good weather only.

    6. Please ask your pilot friend’s views on Chemtrails, as Chemtrails have been making criminals and traitors out of all professional pilots since the 1990s.

    7. In such ways does Fortune remind us not to assume third world countries can ever have the safety records of first world nations.
      That Quintus Curtius was corrected by a German pilot is no small coincidence.

  12. Who fucking cares about dead soccer players?
    There is more in life that wasting your life watching and talking about soccer.

  13. “Some days ago on November 28 I received a text message on WhatsApp from a girl I’m very close to in Rio de Janeiro. Shortly after that we spoke directly on the phone. She was distraught, having lost a journalist friend who was aboard the charter plane carrying the team members of the Chapeco football club to their next match.”
    What a horrible tragedy for all involved. I can’t imagine the sense of loss among the victims’ friends and families. However, not to take anything away from this tragic event, I have noticed recently that women turn the tragedies of others into their own personal tragedies, for the purpose of receiving sympathy and attention.
    Recently, my stepfather died – he was 97 years old. A truly great man, from a great generation. My mother, who never said a peep about the guy during the 50-plus years she was associated with him, posted on her Facebook page that he was “gracious to the end, always thanking everyone in the household who took care of his needs, in the final year of his life.” Then she went on to point out how it had been such a chore and such a major pain in the ass to take care of him during the final year of his life. (WTF?)
    So my stepfather’s death was all about my mother – it was all about her.
    My stepmother passed away last December. My liberal Democrat sister took the opportunity to cry and whine about it on Facebook, regarding what a great lady she was and how much she was going to miss her. This display generated about 100 responses from concerned Facebook friends of hers. The kicker was, she hated my stepmother’s guts.
    So my stepmother’s death was all about my sister – it was all about her.
    Now this is really interesting, because my stepmother, who was a 24-karat, gold-digging cunt, made a putrid display of herself, about 30-odd years ago, when my grandmother died. Holding court in the living room of my aunt’s house, she went on and on, in front of a roomful of mourners, about how disgusting my grandmother had been in her final days, she was filthy, she was frail, and she didn’t even recognize her own son (my father)!
    She then proceeded to point out in no uncertain terms what a major pain it was to have to take care of my grandmother, in the final few days of her life, and how she had been put out to a tremendous extent, by having to do that. And she did this, while sporting my grandmother’s jewelry, on her neck and fingers. The people who were listening to her that day, looked around at each other like they couldn’t believe what she was saying – myself included.
    So my grandmother’s death was all about my stepmother – it was all about her.
    But, that’s just how women ARE, I have finally realized. I could cite scores of similar examples of this, just from my own life experience. And you probably could, too.
    In fact, I can think of three such cases, in just the past year, where somebody I know passed away, and at least one woman who knew the person, turned it into a dramatic, over-the-top, attention-whoring event (and I knew damn well – because I knew all three of these women – that they didn’t give a rat’s ass about the deceased).
    I made a comment here a couple of days ago that might be construed as being pretty far out there. But now I’m convinced that my assertion is true.
    Women do not feel sadness or empathy for people they know. They are experts at mimicking sadness and empathy, but the only time they feel true sadness or empathy is if THEIR narcissistic egos take a hit (some guy, whom they are hot for, cuts them down regarding their looks, for example), or if a little doggie-woggie gets hit by a car, or a kitty-cat gets munched by a lawnmower (Disney movie triggers, from their childhood).
    But whenever a woman dies, they feel vindicated, they feel like they “won”, or like they outlasted the cunt, because they view all women as competition.
    And they view all men (except for maybe their daddies), as either disposable, ego-boosting orbiters; disposable, financial providers; or sexually flattering accoutrements to their egos, whom, if they were good-looking enough prior to their demise, they merely used to boost their sense of SMV, or social status, while continuing to do so after the man in question has expired (“Chad Thundercock was SUCH a good friend of mine”, etc.)
    The push for sympathy afterwards, is a way to hide their actual internal state of feeling nothing, and by doing this they can continue to wear a mask which
    convinces others that they are caring, feeling, concerned human beings.
    But they are nothing of the sort. Women will always take the tragedy of someone they know, and spin it so that they are the victim, in order to receive attention and sympathy. It’s sickening, but that’s just how it goes.
    Now that I’ve brought this up, if you didn’t already know about it, I’ll wager that you will start to see it everywhere, when somebody you know, or some friend of a woman you know, dies.
    Because I am seeing it everywhere now – and it ain’t pretty.

    1. Every thing you just said about female behavior related to death, man.
      * Standing ovation*
      Glad I’m not the only one who caught on to it.

    2. I kindly disagree. Most women also seems their daddies as nothing more than their own ATM machines, lest they displease their little princesses.

      1. Thats because most daddies are hapless morons who try to buy love with princess and thus create that kind of dynamic. (The mothers are no less pathetic)

    3. Totally agree with you man. Women always find a way to spin stories to make themselves look like the poor victims. It might be an american woman thing though too. In a patriarchal society, a man would say “shut the fuck up about the dead and let them rest in peace!”
      So how do we use this knowledge to manipulate them?

    4. Man, seriously. I hate it when people say NAWALT. But what you are describing is an environment of sociopaths. These are not healthy women, they are broken women.

    5. What a gaggle of unkept western women your family swims in Mr Smith. A typical nuclear inferno of psycho bitches that need to be on leashes. Your eyes are opening to it all. The problem of course is the women opening their mouths in the first place. They all need to shut up and tittie feed. What a fail those women are. Nothing accomplished. A whole lot of shit talking done and not one drop of tittie feeding I bet. Don’t your family women have tittie feeding and other assorted domestic duties that demand their attention? REAL traditional women learned young that being immodest and opening their mouths and yapping about all the itchy scratchy shit on their brains is RUDE. It’s like openly standing and farting in a room of nicely dressed company. REAL groomed women and mothers step up to the plate and silence the rude cackling hen. REAL women do get anxious though when their feminine imperative calls. They perk up like a murder of geese when the sound of a baby crying rings in the air. When junior needs TITTIE milk, that’s the only important thing in the world. But those women at the family funerals are so unfocused with all their peacocking and grandstanding, like they’ve got ADHD. Do they forget their purpose? It is to SUAT. ‘Shut up and titfeed’.
      If the pilot of the doomed flight hadn’t been so accustomed to responding to the bitching female entitlement driven service/hospitality industry, he would have refeuled. Civilizations are built by patient and methodical builders and dreamers. Civilizations then buckle under the stress of rash decision making, when the builders turn to hasty patch work maintenance and leaders become manginas delivering poorly thought out edicts to quickly please and quell the entitled riotous females gone wild. Corporate thinking has manginified and degenerated to a frenzy prioritizing the bottom line of serving the bitching and rash female purse string idiot spenders. The women all need reeled in, sent to a comfortable chair in the corner where they can SHUT THE HELL UP while they let loose in a more proper and feminine way. Too often women open up with the mouth and they let it rip. They’ve got it all wrong. It’s not “let it rip” . . . . it’s “DRIP” stupid . . . .
      It’s “LET IT DRIP” . . . . open up with the boobie and “DRIP”

  14. Jesus Christ.
    I’ve got a bit of a superstition: these tragedies never come alone, and usually come at the end of the year (and 2016 has been fucked up enough as it is).
    Just an added bit of news, all here in Brazil:
    – a helicopter crashed, carrying a bride on her way to the wedding, her brother, the pilot and a photographer who was six months pregnant. All died. No known reason for the crash. The helicopter was in top shape, apparently.
    – lightning struck an airplane carrying a Brazilian celebrity and it had to make an emergency landing. Nobody was hurt.
    – a small airplane, just now, crashed straight on the cemetery of a small town, killing the pilot and the one person who was in the cemetery at the time. No known reason for the crash.
    All of this happened either yesterday or today. Good grief. Why is it that these tragedies always come in packs? Or is it just me?

  15. This is a very popular play, the performers names just change. All the links in that accident chain could have been broken by any pilot worth his salts.
    I’ve told pissed off passengers and bosses on several occasions their schedule will really get messes up when they get scattered all over a hillside.
    I heard a rumor that the pilot had some ownership in either the operation or the aircraft itself. Nothing will cloud a pilots judgment more than his own personal bottom line, especially one who should be doing more flying than playing owner.
    There’s a special pilot hell where you get the shit kicked out of you by the passengers you just killed with your own stupidity.

      Reminds me of this one. Launching in the middle of a pitch black night, couldn’t get a hold of ATC to file/activate an IFR (instrument flight rules) flight plan. So, they decided to launch VFR (visual flight rules) heading east and they’d file and change over to IFR in the air.
      Problem- it’s almost a sea-level airport and you can see the ocean to the west. Just to the east of the airport are some high mountains. They ran straight into them. FAA investigators couldn’t find any VFR charts in the aircraft wreckage, which they were required to have. FAA asked the operator’s ops boss about the missing charts, he was quoted as saying, “We’re a jet operator, we don’t do VFR”. They certainly didn’t do it well…

  16. This type of thing doesn’t happen at random. That pilot has probably gambled in the past with his on board fuel. He won those times and got complacent. This time the gamble failed. Why his copilot didn’t raise alarm as the head guy is about to do something incredibly stupid? How many times have copilots sat and watched as the captain does something that leads to a crash?

    1. It’s a big problem in just about every culture other than in the west. An American co-pilot will usually speak up. Eastern cultures are terrible.

  17. This news is undescribable.
    Such information would normally go under the rug while mediated reason would be ,,mechanical failure”.
    This goes to show that human miscalculation can cost you…dearly.
    And that Airport checking for planes…….can leave you dead.
    Someone, besides the pilot, bares half of this responsibility…a department was supposed to check everything before the pilot asked for take-off…
    The responsibility for this tragedy is a shared one.

  18. Retards regularly pull stunts like this, and it works most of the time, and they think “whew, this only proves what a real man I am”.
    Until it doesnt.

  19. Another example of the consequences that happen when someone chooses to BELIEVE something will happen the way they want it to.
    Willful self deceit, the easiest, and very costly, way to cope with actual reality.

  20. As a brazilian man who admired the team of Chapeco, this tragedy has made me very sad. What really angers me however, even more than the negligence of the pilot of this plane, is that brazilian politicians and the mainstream media are using it to cover up a coup in the federal deputies’ chamber.
    Sumarizing it: more than 80% of all brazilian federal politicians are being screwd up through investigations of corruption leaded by an team of lawyers and prosecutors. Some of these politicians had been already arrested. But the remaining ones, to save their dirty asses, are trying to impose a law that CRIMINALIZES investigations of corruption. And these fuckers are using this accident to distract people, the media has talked about the accident the entire day of the coup, but they did not say a single word about this coup, nor about the thousands of people protesting against it around the country.
    On the following days, to continue the distractions, these politicians, out of nowhere, legalized abortion in the middle of the night, without any media coverage, and the people had already voted against it.When it went public throught internet, everyone went mad. The result: the people are both deeply saddened about the plane accident and angered by this legalization of abortion, and are letting the coup pass on between their fingers.
    I know there is some articles here saying how we should master our emotions, including anger. But I’m reached my limit. There will be armed conflicts here, mark my words.

  21. this must be one of the most senseless crashes in aviation history (if not the most). it’s like the pilot crashed this plane just for the fun of it. to prove to the world that you can indeed crash a plane if you don’t have to.
    also reminds of the Avianca 52 crash from 1990 (not exactly, but there are many similarities). that flight was actually from Medellin:

  22. Yeah, I must admit it doesn’t surprise me…there was a movie filmed how South Americans handle aircraft stuff.
    Well, in the eyes of the MSM, the pilot is already guilty. I don’t even care to trust the south american accident investigators. Case closed for me.

  23. It’s possible to glide a large plane onto a flat surface. This 767 glided to an industrial park/raceway track from 1200 feet.
    The tanks went bone dry due to being feuelled by the metric system when the 767 was originally feuelled on the imperial system. Another large plane, a smaller Airbus once glided even farther into a grass field due to engine/electrical failure. Luckily the ground was very dry otherwise mud would have sheared the landing gears and caused breakup. The plane was later checked out and ok’d to fly out . . very skillfully I might add.

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