Relatives of LaMia pilot Marcelo Quiroga, who died in a plane crash in Colombia, attend the arrival of his remains at the Viru Viru airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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The U.S. could downgrade the country's aviation safety rating because of irregularities that may have contributed to this week's crash of a chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team, Bolivia's Defense Minister said Saturday.According to a flight plan obtained by Bolivian media, the total flying time was set at 4 hours and 22 minutes -- the same amount of time of fuel the aircraft had on board.Defense Minister Reymi Ferreri said it was possible Bolivia could be sanctioned with a downgrade by U.S. aviation authorities.Bolivia in 2001 regained a category 1 rating from the Federal Aviation Administration after having lost the top status in 1994 .The FAA declined to comment except to say that Bolivia's status had not been changed.
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