Only five people survived when a charter plane en route to Colombia went down in the mountains [Luis Noriega/EPA]Only five people survived when a charter plane en route to Colombia went down in the mountains [Luis Noriega/EPA]
A plane carrying players from a Brazilian football team headed to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way to Medellin’s airport, killing at least 76 people.
Police officials said that five passengers had survived, one died in hospital and that the rest of the passengers were killed in the crash.
The entire Chapocoense football team – and an accompanying entourage of staff – were among 72 passengers and nine crew on board the aircraft. Local reports said a large number of journalists were also on the plane.
Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti, reporting from Bogota, said the flight crashed in a mountainous region.
“There have been heavy rains day in and day out in the last week or so,” he said. “That could have played a big role in the crash, but that is still unconfirmed.”