75 people are dead and six others in hospital following a plane crash in Colombia late Monday night.
The plane, which was carrying a Brazilian soccer, crashed near Medellin, Colombia, declared an emergency for an electrical failure before it went down.
The exact cause of the crash hasn’t been determined and a surviving flight attendant has told authorities the plane may have run out of fuel.
The chartered jet operated by LaMia was carrying Chapecoense, a soccer team which plays in Brazil’s top division. It crashed at around 10 p.m. ET on Monday while on its way from Santa Cruz in Bolivia to Medellin’s international airport.
The team had been due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional. The first leg of the final of the cup, South America’s second most important club competition, was scheduled for Wednesday but has now been suspended.
The club said in a brief statement on its Facebook page that “may God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation.”
Colombian police initially said five people survived the crash, but later updated that figure to six.
The plane was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew members, aviation authorities said in a statement.
Aside from members of the soccer team, journalists covering the club were also on board.
Local TV reported that the Colombian health ministry said soccer player Alan Ruschel, a flight attendant and a journalist were among the survivors.
A doctor who appeared on Colombian TV said that Ruschel was being operated on after suffering multiple injuries to his limbs and a lumbar spine fracture.
The team, from the small city of Chapeco, was in the middle of a fairy tale season. It joined Brazil’s first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970’s.
“Chapecoense was the biggest source of happiness in the town,” the club’s vice-president, Ivan Tozzo, told Brazil’s SporTV. “Many in the town are crying.”
(picture courtesy Teleantioquia via Twitter)