Update: Brazil declares mourning period after air disaster in Colombia, reports news agency AFP. Colombian plane crash killed 76 – police, reports news agency Reuters.
Update: 25 bodies recovered from Colombia air crash, five rescued alive: official, reports news agency AFP.
Bogota: An airplane with 81 people on board, including players from a Brazilian soccer team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way to Medellin’s international airport.
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 aircraft is believed to have crashed shortly before midnight local time.
He said ambulances and rescuers were on their way. It is not clear what caused the crash.
Medellin’s airport confirmed that the aircraft, which departed from Bolivia, was transporting the Chapecoense soccer team from southern Brazil, which was scheduled to play the Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin.
Medellin’s Jose Maria Cordova International Airport announced early Tuesday that their Emergency Operations Committee has been activated following an incident involving a plane that was due to arrive from Bolivia. “Confirmed, the aircraft license number CP2933 was carrying the team @ChapecoenseReal. Apparently there are survivors,” the Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro airport, which serves Medellin, said on its Twitter account.