The airline, LaMia, had wanted to fly straight to Colombia from Palmeiras in Brazil, where Chapecoense had played their last match. However, the Bolivia-based airline was not allowed to conduct a direct flight. By all accounts such a journey was permitted only for Brazilian and Columbian charter companies. So the team instead began their charter flight from Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia.
The plan had been to stop off in Cobija, Bolivia, to refuel. But this was scrapped after the take-off was delayed, allegedly because a player demanded to retrieve a gadget from a bag that he’d checked in. As a result, the plane was unable to reach Cobija before its airport closed for the day. Instead they would refuel in Bogota, the Colombian capital. Or at least that was the proposed course of action. To this day, nobody knows why the pilot, Miguel Quiroga, chose not to make that stop. But it was a decision that would cost almost everyone on board Flight 2933 their lives.