At least 71 people killed in a plane crash near Medellin, Colombian officials said. The plane had 77 people aboard: 68 passengers – including 22 players from the Brazilian football club Chapecoense (full name ‘Associação Chapecoense de Futebol’) and 21 journalists – and nine crew members. Six people survived: three players, two crew members and one journalist.
Policía rescata un nuevo sobreviviente de la tragedia área en La Unión. pic.twitter.com/pZ8Hk4vbeN
— MiOriente (@MiOriente) 29 noiembrie 2016
A British Aerospace Avro 146-RJ85, operated by a charter airline named LaMia, declared an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10pm Monday (0300 GMT) because of an electrical failure, aviation authorities said.
The plane was transporting the Brazilian football team Chapecoense from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to Medellin, Colombia, for a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin.
The six survivors were three players – Alan Luciano Ruschel, goalkeeper Jackson Ragnar Follmann and defender Hélio Hermito Zampier Neto – two crew members – Ximena Suárez, a flight attendant, and Erwin Tumiri, a flight technician – plus the journalist Rafael Valmorbida, according to Colombia’s civil aviation authority.
Desolación total en el vestuario de Chapecoense. Los jugadores que no hicieron el viaje, devastados. Qué jornada tan jodida. pic.twitter.com/acgTMar1oC
— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) 29 noiembrie 2016
According to a Reuters photograph at the scene, the aircraft split in two. Only the wings and the nose was recognizable, while the tail was completely destroyed.
Football teams and athletes across the world have been expressing their condolences.
— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) 29 noiembrie 2016
All our support and solidarity is with the victims and the families affected by the @ChapecoenseReal tragedy in Colombia
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) 29 noiembrie 2016
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) 29 noiembrie 2016
Nuestras condolencias a los familiares de los fallecidos en el accidente de avión del @ChapecoenseReal. Descansen en paz.
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) 29 noiembrie 2016
Michel Temer, the President of Brazil, has declared three days of national mourning for the tragedy.
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