Colombia Plane Crash: Brazilian Football Team was Onboard

World - Mohit Shah - Nov 30,2016

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Charter plane carrying a total of 81 people, including Chapecoense football team from Brazil, has crashed on its route from Bolivia to Medellin in Colombia.

As per officials, a chartered aircraft with more than 80 passengers has crashed in Colombia. The shocking aspect related to this incident is the presence of a Brazilian football team, Chapecoense, which was travelling to Medellin for playing the first leg of Copa Sudamericana final.

Medellin international airport has announced the news with a stated confirmation that, a charter plane was tangled in a serious emergency during its route to the city.

According to a statement released by José Maria Córdova airport, around 10 pm an aircraft flying from Santa Cruz had declared emergency due to electrical failures while flying close to the municipality of la Unión.

Federico Gutierrez, Medellin’s mayor, has confirmed the plane crash which took place in a mountainous range located in the city outskirts. On his way to the crash site he said in a distressed tone that, it is a tragedy on an extremely high level.

The mayor assured that, ambulances and rescue teams are handling the situation; however, the actual cause for the crash still hasn’t been found. The authorities have urged the locals to stay away from the accident spot which would help in an unhindered execution of the rescue operation.

The aircraft was carrying nine crew members and 72 passengers. The rescue team has pulled out five people alive; the rest have been reported dead.

Local media reports that, the plane was spotted flying at a height of 150 feet before the accident occurred.

The plane was a British Aerospace 146, which flew from Sao Paulo, Brazil, at about 3:35 pm as per the local time. The journey included a stop at Santa Cruz de la Sierra, eastern Bolivia. The plane later set off for its final destination in Colombia.