An airplane containing 81 people has crashed on its way to the Medellin international airport in Colombia. Brazilian first division football team Chapecoense was part of the people on board.
Federico Gutierrez, Medellin’s Mayor released a statement claiming that there are survivors. Ambulances and rescuers are on their way to the site of the crash.
“It’s a tragedy of huge proportions” Gutierrez said, as reported by BBC.
Reports suggest that the plane was carrying 72 passengers and 9 crew members. It crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin before midnight local time (5:00 GMT).
Crew members reported electrical problems at around 3:00 GMT. The plane was a few dozen miles away from the Jose Maria Cordova International Airport during the report, according to USA Today. It crashed shortly after, 22 miles away from the airport.
Update on survivors
There is no news yet on the number of survivors. However, local and federal officials have responded to the scene with rescue efforts already underway. Residents have been asked to stay clear of the crash site.
The plane involved is a British Aerospace 146 short-haul.
Chapecoense was due to play against Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana. The first leg of the Cup final was scheduled for Wednesday. But, it has now been suspended.
The Brazilian team, from the city of Chapeco was promoted to the first division of the Brazilian league in 2014. They defeated Argentina’s San Lorenzo last week to reach the final of South America’s second most important club competition.
The reason for the crash is still unknown. However, Colombia has been experiencing heavy rains and thunderstorms of late, according to International Business Times UK.
There are still no reports on the survival of any members of the Chapecoense football team until now.
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