Plane car­ry­ing foot­ball play­ers crashes in Colom­bia

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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