At least 76 people, including members of a Brazilian football team, have been killed, after the plane they were travelling on crashed in Colombia.
Brazilian football team Chapecoense, heading for the biggest game in their history, were on board a plane carrying 81 people that crashed in Colombia killing 76 people, police said on Tuesday.
Chapecoense, from Brazil’s top league, had been flying to face Atletico Nacional of Medellin in the first leg of Wednesday’s Copa Sudamericana final, South America’s equivalent of the Europa League.
It was the first time the small club from Chapeco had reached the final of a major South American club competition. Three players were among the survivors, Colombian disaster authoritieas said.
“Six people were rescued alive, but unfortunately one died. The rest of the occupants unfortunately died. The tragic toll is 76 victims,” Jose Gerardo Acevedo, regional police commander, told journalists.
The plane crashed in a mountainous rural area outside of the city of Medellin and heavy rains at one point halted rescue operations. News showed photos of twisted wreckage and hospital staff awaiting patients.
The club said in a statement that it would not be making any official comments until it had more information from Colombian authorities about Monday night’s crash.