Sad news coming out of Colombia this morning.
According to ESPN FC, a chartered plane transporting Brazilian football team Chapecoense to Medellin’s international airport in Colombia crashed Monday night. There were 81 people on the flight and 75 people were killed in the crash, including members of the soccer team.
At least six passengers are believed to have survived, and Colombian authorities say rescue efforts are ongoing and have been hampered by bad weather.
The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a charter airline named LaMia, declared an emergency at 10 p.m. local time on Monday because of an electrical failure, aviation authorities said.
Authorities responded to the plane crash at a hill in La Union in the region of Antioquia, according to the Jose Maria Cordova airport’s Twitter page.
Among the survivors were soccer players Jackson Follman, Alan Ruschel, Rafael Correa Gobbato and Helio Hermito Zampier Neto. A Bolivian flight attendant, Ximena Suarez, and a Brazilian journalist, Rafael Henzel, were also among those who were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Player Marcos Danilo Padilha also survived the crash, but later died while being attended to by paramedics, according to Colombia’s official emergency management agency.
CONMEBOL, South American football’s governing body, confirmed in a statement that the Copa Sudamericana final and all federation activities have been suspended until further notice.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the crash victims.