Colombia plane crash: Six survivors as flight carrying 81 people, including a Brazilian football team, crashes near Medellin

By Chiara Palazzo


The Telegraph

An airplane with 81 people on board, including players from a Brazilian football team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way to Medellin’s international airport.

Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez said that it is possible there are survivors.

“It’s a tragedy of huge proportions,” Mr Gutierrez told Blu Radio on his way to the site in a mountainous area outside the city where the chartered aircraft is believed to have crashed shortly before midnight local time.

He said on Twitter that ambulances and rescuers were on their way. It is not clear what caused the crash.

Rumbo al lugar donde se accidentó el avión. Desde Medellín ya enviamos grupos de apoyo @DAGRDMedellin y activamos red hospitalaria.

The Colombian Civil Aviation Authority said that the Lamia Airlines aircraft “had issues over El Cerro Gordo, close to La Union in the state of Antioqiua.”

Chapecoense players before their Copa Sudamericana semifinal against Argentina's San Lorenzo on November 2
Chapecoense players before their Copa Sudamericana semifinal against Argentina’s San Lorenzo on November 2 CREDIT: AFP

Medellin’s airport confirmed that the aircraft, which departed from Bolivia, was transporting the Chapecoense football team from southern Brazil, which was scheduled to play the Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Colombia’s Medellin. The aviation authority also confirmed the presence of the footballers on board.

Según primeros reportes, en la aeronave (matrícula TT2933) viajaban 72 pasajeros y nueve tripulantes. Autoridades ya están en el lugar.

“Confirmed, the aircraft license number CP2933 was carrying the team @ChapecoenseReal. Apparently there are survivors,” the Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro airport, which serves Medellin, said on its Twitter account.

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7:09am

First wounded to arrive at the hospital is “Alan Ruschel, number 10”

The first wounded to arrive at the Hospital deLa Ceja is Chapecoense’s number 10 Alan Ruschel, 360 Radio Colombia reports.

| Primer herido que llega a Hospital de La Ceja es jugador de Chapecoense, Alan Ruschel número 10.

 

7:03am

The airplane reported “electrical issues” before crashing

The emergency operative committee COE and the  Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro airport said in a press release that the plane declared an emergency at 10pm local time while in the municipality of Ceja and La Union.

According to the statement the airplane said that it was experiencing “electrical issues”.

| primer comunicado de prensa del accidente aéreo informa de fallas eléctricas.

 

6:49am

Six survivors

At least six people are believed to have survived after a plane carrying 81 passengers, including members of a top flight Brazillian football team, crashed in Colombia, officials said.

The Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro airport, which serves Medellin, said in a statement that “all possible aid was being mobilized because six survivors are being reported.”

Local radio 360 Colombia reports that between six and 10 survivors have been rescued at the scene of the accident so far.

6:40am

Football opponents react to crash

Atletico Nacional, Chapecoense’s opponents in the next leg of the regional cup, have tweeted to say they are “profoundly sorry” to hear of the accident.

Nacional lamenta profundamente y se solidariza con @chapecoensereal por el accidente ocurrido y espera información de las autoridades.

6:34am

First images of crash

The first pictures of the plane crash appear to have emerged, with one of them showing the badge of the Chapecoense football team on board.

6:26am

The football team on the plane

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One Response to “Colombia plane crash: Six survivors as flight carrying 81 people, including a Brazilian football team, crashes near Medellin”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

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