Colombia: Brazilian Football Team Perishes In Plane Crash
Over 75 people died when the plane came down near the city of Medellin.
A plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, crashed on November 28, 2016, on approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia, the BBC reported. Police said six people survived the crash, but the rest died. The chartered aircraft, flying from Brazil via Bolivia, was carrying members of the Chapecoense football team.
The team had been due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana on November 30, 2016, against Medellin team, Atletico Nacional. The first leg of the final of the cup, South America's second most important club competition, has now been suspended. The match was seen as the biggest in the history of Chapecoense, which entered Brazil's top division for the first time in 2014.
Al Jazeera said at least 11 journalists were on board the ill-fated plane. The entire Chapocoense football team - and accompanying entourage of staff - were among 72 passengers and nine crew members on board the aircraft. The flight crashed in a mountainous region. “There have been heavy rains day in and day out in the last week or so,” an official said. “That could have played a big role in the crash, but this is still to be confirmed,” Al Jazeera said. The chartered aircraft was believed to have crashed shortly before midnight local time. “It's a tragedy of huge proportions,” an official told a local radio station.
It was not clear what caused the British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane to crash, but Colombia has been hit by heavy rains and thunderstorms in recent hours. Data from the FlightRadar24.com website showed the plane circling before eventually disappearing south of Rio Negro.