Plane carrying football team crashes, 75 dead
BOGOTA: A plane carrying 81 people, including members of a Brazilian football team, crashed on Monday near the Colombian city of Medellin after reporting “electrical failures”.
Six people were reported to have survived, including a 25-year-old footballer.
Players from Brazilian football club Chapecoense Real, who were to play against Colombia’s Atletico Nacional today in the South American Cup final, were among 72 passengers and nine crew on board, officials said.
“Police are at the scene and all possible aid is being mobilised,” the Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro Airport said in a statement.
The LAMIA airlines flight originated in Brazil and had made a stop in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, before continuing to Colombia.
The statement said the plane reported an emergency at 10pm local time and went down about 50km from Medellin. – AFP
Rescuers search for survivors from the wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane which was carrying members of Brazil's Chapecoense Real football team yesterday.