Colombia plane crash Six survivors after flight carrying Brazilian football team crashes


Members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense were onboard as they flew from Bolivia to José María Córdova International Airport in Rionegro, Medellin for the Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional tomorrow.

A total of six survivors are being reported by authorities, according to the airport”s Twitter account.

Alan Ruschel, 27, a defender on loan from Internacional, was the first survivor to arrive at a medical centre in La Ceja, Colombian TV station Noticias Caracol reported.

Jackson Follman, 24, who is also a substitute goalkeeper for the Brazilian team, has also arrived at a care centre in eastern Antioquia. 

Nine players from the team did not travel with the team and remained in Brazil.

The flight, run by Venezuelan company LaMia, was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew members when it crashed at 10.15pm local time on Monday in the El Gordo mountains close to the city of Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city.

The city’s mayor, Federico Gutierrez, told Blu Radio it was possible there were survivors.

He said: “It”s a real tragedy what happened tonight. 

“We regret this great loss of life and express our solidarity with the families, friends and fans of the Chapecoense team. 

“We have arranged all the necessary technical cooperation and human help to handle this accident.”

Local fire and rescue services have confirmed at least 15 individuals were injured in the crash.

They have been evacuated from the scene.

Mr Gutierrez said emergency systems have been triggered at local hospitals to take care of survivors.

Rescue units were immediately sent to the area, but only land access was possible due to bad weather conditions.

A helicopter sent by the Colombian Air Force was forced to cancel its operation due to “low visibility”.

The region has been hit by heavy rain in recent days.

A statement from the Chapecoense Football Association, said: “May God be with our athletes, leaders, journalists and other guests who are with the delegation.”

It added they are awaiting news on the cause of the accident from the Colombian Air Authority.

A statement from the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), said: “CONMEBOL confirms that it has been notified by Colombian authorities that the plane in which the delegation of Chapecoense Atlético de Brasil was travelling suffered an accident upon arrival in Colombia. 

“We are in contact with the authorities and pending official investigation.

“The CONMEBOL family greatly regrets what happened.

“All activities of the Confederation are suspended until further notice.

“CONMEBOL President Alejandro Domínguez is currently on his way to Medellín.”

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