A plane carrying 77 individuals including an upstart Brazilian soccer team slammed in the mountains near Medellín, Colombia devastating lives of almost everybody boarding the plane.
Colombia’s civil aviation body has said that only six people survived the crash – three players, two crew members and a journalist who was accompanying the team.
The plane crashed around 10 pm local time on Monday. Low visibility in the mountain area hindered search and rescue operations. According to authorities cited by NYTimes, the plane made an emergency call on Monday night after experiencing an electrical failure.
Players from Chaperones soccer group were making a trip from Bolivia to play in the last of the Copa Sudamericana competition.
“There are a lot of people crying in our city,” said Chapecoense’s vice-president Ivan Tozza to SportTV. “We could never imagine this. Chaperones is the biggest reason for joy here.”
No less than 21 journalists were accounted for to be locally available boarding the plane, including correspondents from Fox Latin America, the Globo telecom company and news associations from southern Brazil.
President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia called the crash “a tragedy that has the whole region in mourning.”