Colombia : A plane carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final including other people has crashed on its way to Medellin’s international airport. Then plane had 81 on board.
An official has said that there could be six survivors .
“It’s a tragedy of huge proportions,” Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez told sources, on his way to the site in a mountainous area outside the city where the aircraft crashed shortly before midnight local time.
He said ambulances and rescuers were on their way. It is not clear what caused the crash of the aircraft, a British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, but Colombia had been hit by heavy rains and thunderstorms in recent hours.
One report said the plane, which had left from Bolivia, was short of fuel.
Medellin’s airport confirmed that the aircraft, which made a stop in Bolivia, was transporting a club soccer team from southern Brazil. The team was scheduled to play Wednesday in the first of a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin.