Plane car­ry­ing foot­ball team crashes, 75 dead

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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