A plane carrying a South American football team has crashed in Colombia at around 10.15pm. The flight was transporting the Brazilian side Chapecoense to Medellin airport when it disappeared off radar.
There were 72 passengers and 9 crew on board the charter plane, which was carrying the team to their match against Atletico Nacional. Officials from Jose Maria Cordova International Airport reported only six survivors in a statement.A video shared on Twitter claimed to show the moment the plane disappeared from view on flight radar.
According to Daily Mirror, the plane reportedly crashed due to lack of fuel and tt is thought to have come down in Cerro Gordo in the municipality of La Union.
Colombia has been hit by heavy storms which are hampering rescue efforts. A statement from the airport said;
“The site of the accident is only accessible by land due to climatic conditions and low visibility,”
“The Colombian Air Force deployed a search and rescue helicopter which had to cancel the mission due to the adverse conditions.
“According to the authorities the police are mobilizing all possible help since they are reporting six survivors.”
There have reportedly been a number of fatalities although an exact number is as yet unknown.However, the commander of La Union fire department said at least 10 people have been injured and are being evacuated from the scene.
More details later…