Plane carrying Brazilian football team crashes in Colombia


PUBLISHED Tue, November 29, 2016 - 12:24am EST
Credit: FlightRadar24


A chartered plane carrying Brazilian football team Chapecoense has crashed in northwest Colombia, killing at least 75 people, local officials say. Only six people, including three football players, are believed to have survived. (more)





FOR LIVE UPDATES: Twitter, Facebook

The accident happened on late Monday when LAMIA Bolivia Flight LMI2933, a British Aerospace 146 aircraft, was flying from Viru Viru International Airport in Bolivia to Medellín in Colombia. A total of 81 people were on board, including 72 passengers and 9 crew members.

The airliner disappeared from radar at about 10 p.m. local time on Monday after it declared an emergency due to some sort of electrical fault. The wreckage was later found on a hill in the municipality of La Union in Valle del Cauca province, located southeast of the city of Medellín or northeast of Manizales.

Police chief José Acevedo confirmed that 7 people were found alive at the scene, but one of them succumbed to his or her injuries while being taken to an area hospital. Rescue workers do not expect to find any other survivors, meaning that 75 people are presumed to have been killed, Acevedo said.

Colombia's aviation authority identified the survivors as 3 Chapecoense players - Alan Ruschel, Jakson Follmann and Marcos Danilo - as well as flight attendant Ximena Suárez, aircraft technician Erwin Tumiri, and journalist Rafael Henzel. There was no word on their conditions.

Brazilian football team Chapecoense was traveling to Medellín for Wednesday's Copa Sudamericana final against Colombian football team Atlético Nacional. In addition to 22 members of the team, the aircraft was also carrying 28 companions and support staff, 22 journalists and 9 crew members.

As a result of Monday's accident, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) announced in a brief statement that all of its activities - and thus those of Copa Sudamericana - have been "suspended until further notice." It said CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez is heading to Medellín.

"The CONMEBOL family enormously regrets what has happened," it added.

This is a breaking news alert. Please check back or follow @BNONews on Twitter as details become available. If you want to receive breaking news alerts by email, click here to sign up. You can also like BNO News on Facebook by clicking here.







  Colombia     

 



LEAVE COMMENTS



.

 


Happening Now

U.S. issues travel alert for Europe over terror threat

Singapore bans all commercial trade with North Korea

71 people confirmed dead in June fire at London high-rise

Cult killer Charles Manson taken to hospital, condition deteriorating

Moderate earthquake hits near Pohang in South Korea





BNO NEWS RADIO


Listen to "BNO News - Breaking News Radio" on Spreaker.




SIGN-UP BREAKING ALERTS



Just want the important news? Sign up now for the fastest email alerts from BNO News. Click here to get started!




LIVE WIRE


Moderate earthquake hits near Pohang in South Korea

Military vehicles seen moving towards the Zimbabwean capital

Texas Amber Alert: Josue Gonzalez abducted from San Antonio

Missing teen Gaia Pope: 2 arrested on suspicion of murder

1 dead in shooting at Affinity Medical Center in Massillon, Ohio





VIDEOS


Knife-wielding man attacks people at mall in southeast Poland

U.S. company to resume search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

North Korea preparing for long-range missile test, Russian lawmaker says

At least 58 dead in shooting attack at Las Vegas music festival

At least 337 injured after Spanish police attempt to block independence vote