Plane carrying Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia, killing 76

A chartered aircraft carrying 81 people including crew and pilots, has crashed on its way to Medellin’s international airport. According to a statement from Colombian aviation officials, the plane declared an emergency between the municipalities of La Ceja and La Union.

Also onboard the aircraft was a Brazilian first division soccer team who was headed to Colombia for a regional tournament final. According to Colombian disaster authorities, three Chapecoense players  survived plane crash. It is believed that only 5 of the 81 passengers onboard survived.

Jose Gerardo Acevedo, regional police commander, told journalists:”Six people were rescued alive, but unfortunately one died. The rest of the occupants unfortunately died. The tragic toll is 76 victims.”

Flightradar24, a flight tracking service on Twitter announced that a tracking signal from flight 2933 was last received when the aircraft was at 15,500 feet, about 30 km from its destination, which sits at an altitude of 7,000 feet.


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