The plane was travelling from Bolivia to José María Córdova International Airport in Rionegro, Medellin, crashed after it ran out of fuel at 10.15pm local time in Cerro Gordo, part of the municipality of La Union.
The aircraft, run by Venezuelan company LaMia, was carrying 79 passengers and two crew members when it crashed in a mountainous area close to the city of Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city.
Among those on board were members of Brazil soccer team Chapecoense, who are scheduled to play Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin,
The city’s mayor, Federico Gutierrez, told Blu Radio it was possible there were survivors but admitted: “It”s a tragedy of huge proportions.”
Local fire and rescue services have confirmed that at least ten individuals were injured in the crash.
They have been evacuated from the scene.
The region has been hit by heavy rain in recent days and some media reports are speculating that this could have caused the crash.
More to follow.