29 NOVEMBER 2016 • 7:10AM
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
More to follow…
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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