The airplane had a total of 81 people including a prominent Brazilian Chapecoense soccer group. At least 5 survivors have been rescued from the scene of the crash while 76 are dead at the moment.
The victims include 72 passengers and 9 crew members. The crash happened at about 10.15pm yesterday. The plane experienced power failures while flying through the mountainous Antioquia Department.
The football team players had earlier boarded a different flight but had to fly down to switch to a different one. It is claimed that the Brazilian airport authorities had denied them access to charter a flight. They boarded a second one only to crash into the Colombian mountains.
Local officials who witnessed the crash said it crashed against a hill and broke in two.
Among the survivors of the crash at the moment are 27-year old defender, Alan Ruschel, and goalkeepers Jakson Follmann and Danilo.
Alan is said to be currently undergoing treatment in the hospital for a broken hip and head injuries
Facebook shows a video of the players at the Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos international airport as they were about to leave for Colombia for a regional tournament final. The flight crashed on its way to Medellin’s international airport.
Report says that the South American soccer federation has cancelled all activities until further notice.
Also found on their Facebook page was a safe trip prayer,
“May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests traveling with our delegation’ the club.”
So far it was a good season for the Brazilian Chapecoense team. The team made it to Brazil’s first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s.
They made it to the Copa Sudamericana finals – the equivalent of the UEFA Europa League tournament – after defeating Argentina’s San Lorenzo.
Chapecoense is a top flight club and the the 21st biggest club in Brazil. In 2015 the team grossed a $13.5 million revenue