A plane carrying one of the top Brazilian teams, Chapecoense FC and some other people making a total of 81 people crashed in Columbia on it’s approach to the city of Medellin. BBC reports.
Out of the 81 people on board only 5 people survived according to police.
The Chapecoense football team was qualified to play to participate in the final of Copa Sudamericana against the Medellin Atletico Nacional.
The first leg of the cup,which the South America’s second most important cups that was scheduled on Wednesday has been suspended.
Alan Ruschel, who is one of the survivors confirmed Chapecoense’s defender reports that at least two other footballers which goal keepers- Danilo and Jackson Follman as well as physiotherapist Rafael Gobbato may have survived.
The sports network Telemundo Deportes tweeted (in Spanish) that Ruschel was in shock but conscious and talking, and asked to keep his wedding ring and to see his family.
The team, from the southern city of Chapeco, was promoted to Brazil’s first division in 2014 and reached the final last week after a victory against Argentina’s San Lorenzo.
The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by Bolivian charter airline Lamia and carrying 72 passengers and nine crew, crashed in Cerro Gordo in the municipality of
La Union shortly before midnight local time (05:00 GMT).
According to a Colombian airport press release, it had reported an electrical fault to the control tower.
Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez described
it as “a tragedy of huge proportions”.
The Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro airport, which serves Medellin, posted on its Twitter account: “Confirmed, the aircraft licence number CP2933 was carrying the team @ChapecoenseReal.
Apparently there are survivors.”
Poor weather meant that the crash site, in a mountainous area, was only accessible by land, and later Medellin airport tweeted (in Spanish) that the rescue operation had been suspended.
There was no fire on impact, which appears to have increased the chances of survivors being found.
Conmebol said in a statement that its president, Alejandro Dominguez, was on his way to Medellin.
“The Conmebol family greatly regrets what happened. All activities of the confederation are suspended until further notice,” it said.