A plane carrying Brazilian football team crashed in Columbia.
An airplane with more than 80 people on board, including a Brazilian football team, crashed on its way to the city of Medellin of Colombia, officials say.
According to the airport officials, the chartered plane was carrying member of the Chapecoense football team that was due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana against Medellin team Atletico Nacional.
Medellin International airport has confirmed that a chartered plane that took off from Bolivia has crashed on its way to the city.
The aircraft was carrying 72 passengers and 9 crew-members including members of the Brazilian football team.
The plane took off from Bolivia and flew over La Union around 10 P.M when the electrical flaw was first reported, according to a statement from the José María CórdovaInternational Airport in Rionegro, Colombia.
Roughly 22 miles away from the airport, the plane crashed in the Antioquian municipality, a mountainous area outside the city shortly before midnight (05:00 GMT).
Atleast 6 people are believed to have survived the crash, officials said. “All possible aid was being mobilised because six survivors are being reported”, said Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro airport in a statement.
Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez expresses his grief over the incident and calls it “a tragedy of huge proportions”.
The aircraft is a British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane.