Brazil declares 3 days of mourning for 75 victims
miles) from Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, in an area called Cerro Gordo.
Elkin Ospina, the mayor of the town of La Ceja near the crash site, said the mountainous terrain was some 3,300 meters (10,800 feet) above sea level and very difficult to access.
Rescuers carrying stretchers had to hike for more than half an hour to reach the site.
On its Twitter account, the airport said a plan to use an air force helicopter had to be shelved because of bad weather in the area.
Ospina said authorities were on the scene and hospitals and medical centers were preparing to receive the injured.
But the bad weather forced the search to be suspended in the early hours Tuesday, with plans to resume at 6 am (1100 GMT).
Colombia’s civil aeronautics agency said it had a team at the airport in response to the crash.
Conmebol, the South American football confederation, meanwhile officially called off the Copa Sudamericana final that was to be played between Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional.
“All activities of the confederation are suspended until further notice,” Conmebol said.
Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional were supposed to have faced off in Wednesday’s first leg of the final of the Copa Sudamericana, the second most prestigious club football tournament in South America after the Copa Libertadores.
Chapecoense had reached the final after completing a victory on away goals last week over Argentinian side San Lorenzo in the semifinals.
Chapecoense is widely regarded as one of the minnows of Brazilian club football, having been founded relatively recently in 1973 in the city of Chapeco in southern Santa Catarina state.
After decades in the lower divisions, Chapecoense returned to Brazil’s top flight Serie A in 2014 for the first time since 1979. The club finished in 14th spot in the 2015 edition of the 20-team championship.
The wreckage from a plane that crashed into Colombian jungle with Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense is seen near Medellin, Colombia, on Tuesday. (Reuters)