“On Wednesday I am going to travel to San Andres to give recognition to the many Colombians who risked their lives so that this accident didn’t become a real tragedy,” Santos said. The president added that he would have liked to have visited the crash site on Monday but was unable to because the runways at San Andres’ Gustavo Rojas Pinilla airport had been closed.
The Colombian air force provide two planes to evacuate the remaining crash survivors with serious injuries. On Tuesday afternoon they arrived in the port of Barranquilla. Among those evacuated was a 6-month-old baby with a fractured skull.
After the last of the passengers were evacuated, workers began to clear the plane debris from the runway. Colombian civil aviation authorities announced that flights are expected to resume in and out of San Andres by midday Wednesday.
Flights will depart San Andres in the order scheduled prior to the crash. All of the 3,000 tourists stranded on San Andres are expected to depart by August 21.
The family of Amar Fernandez de Barreto, the only passenger who died in Monday’s crash, announced that the 68-year-old died from multiple traumas combined with a ruptured aorta, and not from a heart attack as was previously believed. The mother of eight and grandmother of ten will be buried Wednesday in Cali.
U.S. experts arrived in San Andres Tuesday to investigate the crash of the Aires flight 8250, which reportedly occurred 1.40AM Monday local time during an electrical storm. Preliminary reports suggest lightning may have struck the aircraft, causing it to crash into the runway and splitting the plane’s fuselage into three pieces.
A total of 114 people were injured in the crash. An 11-year-old girl who suffered severe head trauma remains in a critical condition in intensive care in a Bogota hospital. According to health authorities she is in an induced coma.
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