A plane – British Aerospace 146 short-haul aircraft – is believed to have started its journey in Sao Paulo, Brazil. There were more than 80 passengers onboard with around 72 passengers and 9 crew members. It included members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense. They were due to face Atletico Nacional of Medellin in the first leg of Wednesday’s Sudamericana final – South America’s equivalent of the Europa League.
For the first time a small club from Chapeco has reached the final of a major South American club competition. But they were underdogs against a club going for a rare double after winning the Copa Libertadores in July.
There has been no confirmation of casualties but reports indicate there are at least six survivors, including the Chapecoense goalkeeper, Alan Ruschel.
The statement from José Maria Córdova airport said that at 10pm a plane travelling from Santa Cruz had declared an emergency because of electrical failures between the municipalities of La Ceja and La Unión in Colombia.
“At the moment we know that the disaster happened in Cerro Gordo in the municipality of La Unión and that there were 72 passengers and nine crew aboard, including the football team Chapocoense Real. There are reported to be six survivors,” the statement read.
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