A chartered plane with 81 passengers on board, including a Brazilian first division soccer team Chapecoense heading to Medellin, Colombia, for a regional tournament final, has crashed in a mountainous area.
At least three passengers have been rescued alive from the wreckage and there may be more survivors but that access to the crash site is complicated, Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez told Blu Radio. “It’s a tragedy of huge proportions, ” Gutierrez told Blu Radio on his way to the accident site outside the city.
In Facebook page the football club posted a brief statement saying, “may God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests traveling with our delegation.”
They added that the club would refrain from any further statements until it had fully evaluated the extent of the crash.
Aviation authorities said the aircraft, a British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane operated by a Bolivian charter airline named Lamia, declared an emergency at 10pm Monday (0300 GMT) due to an electrical failure…