Plane carrying football players crashes in Colombia
A PLANE carrying 81 people, including members of a Brazilian football team, crashed on November 28 near the Colombian city of Medellin, after reporting “electrical failure”.
Only five people were reported to have survived the crash, including a 25-year-old player, the mayor of a town near the crash site said, without identifying him.
Members of Chapecoense Real, a Brazilian football club that was supposed to play against Colombia’s Atletico Nacional today in the South American Cup finals, were among the 72 passengers and nine crew on board, officials said.
“National police have arrived on the scene and all possible aid is being mobilised because five survivors are being reported,” the Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro airport said.
The LAMIA airlines flight originated in Brazil and had made a stop in Santa Cruz, Bolivia before continuing on to Colombia.
It went down about 50 kilometres from Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city. Ospina, the La Ceja mayor, earlier told AFP. “It appears that the plane ran out of fuel.”
On its Twitter account, the Medellin airport said the crash site could only be reached overland because of bad weather in the area. –