Plane crash kills 76, in­clud­ing foot­ballers

Brazil play­ers were headed for the big­gest game in their his­tory

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

REUTERS/ Brazil­ian soc­cer team Chapecoense, head­ing for the big­gest game in their his­tory, were on board a plane car­ry­ing 81 peo­ple that crashed in Colom­bia, killing 76 peo­ple, po­lice said yes­ter­day.

Chapecoense, from Brazil’s top league, had been fly­ing to face Atletico Na­cional of Medellin in the first leg of to­day’s Su­damer­i­cana fi­nal, South Amer­ica’s equiv­a­lent of the Europa League.

It was the first time the small club from Chapeco had reached the fi­nal of a ma­jor South Amer­i­can club com­pe­ti­tion. Three play­ers were among the sur­vivors, Colom­bian di- saster author­i­ties said.

“Six peo­ple were res­cued alive, but un­for­tu­nately one died. The rest of the oc­cu­pants un­for­tu­nately died. The tragic toll is 76 vic­tims,” Jose Ger­ardo Acevedo, re­gional po­lice com­man­der, told jour­nal­ists.

The plane crashed in a moun­tain­ous ru­ral area out­side of the city of Medellin and heavy rains at one point halted res­cue op­er­a­tions. News showed pho­tos of twisted wreck­age and hospi­tal staff await­ing pa­tients.

The club said in a state­ment that it would not be mak­ing any of­fi­cial com­ments un­til it had more in­for­ma­tion from Colom­bian author­i­ties about Mon­day night’s crash.

Flight track­ing ser­vice Fligh­tradar24 said on Twit­ter the last track­ing sig­nal from flight 2933 had been re­ceived when it was at 15,500 feet, about 30 km from its des­ti­na­tion, which sits at an al­ti­tude of 7,000 feet.

The Avro RJ85 was pro­duced by a com­pany that is now part of UK’s BAE Sys­tems

The char­ter flight was car­ry­ing 72 pas­sen­gers and nine crew, when it crashed around 10:15 p.m. on Mon­day. Heavy rain first ham­pered and then halted res­cue op­er­a­tions. Of­fi­cials told lo­cal me­dia that bodies would be re­moved at first light.

/REUTERS

Brazil­ian soc­cer player Alan Ruschel of Chapecoense soc­cer club re­ceives med­i­cal at­ten­tion af­ter a plane crash in An­tio­quia, cen­tral Colom­bia, yes­ter­day

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