Flight 2933 nonetheless almost made it to its destination. The flight began descending into Medellin at 9:30 p.m., with 10 minutes’ worth of fuel left. Unfortunately, they were put into a holding pattern by ground control while another flight was given priority. And it was to be 12 minutes before pilot Quiroga alerted the controllers that he had a fuel emergency. The plane had run out of gas.
One of the few survivors of the flight, Chapecoense player Neto, later described being woken by the aircraft’s jerky flight. A few minutes later, all the engines were dead. “You know the difference between someone turning off a light and when the electricity goes out?” Neto was subsequently quoted as saying by Sports Illustrated. “When the power goes out, this here, that over there – everything goes dead. The plane went completely silent.”