Colombian plane carrying 81 passengers crashes, 76 killed

A Colombian airplane carrying 81 passengers including a Brazilian football team crashes, at least 25 feared dead

Yoel Domb,

Medellin airport,Colombia
Medellin airport,Colombia
screenshot from ABC

After hours of tension caused by a Colombian airplane which disappeared from radar screens, it has become apparent that the plane crashed. The plane was carrying 81 passengers including the Chapecoense soccer team from southern Brazil, which was scheduled to play the Copa Sudamerica (South America cup) finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin.76 people died in the crash and 5 survived.

The plane crashed while making its way from Bolivia to the town of Medelllin. A few minutes before the plane crashed an SOS signal was received from the plane due to an electrical failure.

The Colombian authorities have declared an emergency situation in the wake of the crash.

Medellin's Mayor Federico Gutierrez said that it is possible there are survivors.

"It's a tragedy of huge proportions," Gutierrez told Blu Radio on his way to the site in a mountainous area outside the city where the chartered British Aerospace 146 aircraft is believed to have crashed at about 22:15 local time.




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