Plane Ferrying Brazilian Soccer Team Crashes in Central Colombia
A plane ferrying 81 individuals, some of whom are Brazilian soccer players, has crashed in Central Colombia on Monday 10:00 p.m. Rescue operations are still ongoing.
The charted plane that was on its way to Jose Maria Cordova Airport in Colombia from Viru Viru airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, had lost control as it neared its final destination.
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According to an Irish Times report, the plane lost contact with the airport's control tower after it issued an emergency alert over power failure.
Of the 81 on board, 72 were pedestrians and nine were the staff of the plane. Reports are still unclear about the exact number of fatalities but so far at least six survivors were confirmed.
Reuters reported that poor climatic conditions have denied fast rescue operations with most of the rescuers being required to travel the region by road.
"The site of the accident is only accessible by land," read a statement from the airport. "The Colombian Air force deployed a search and rescue helicopter which had to cancel the mission due to the adverse weather conditions."
Reuters reported that it was a first time for a Chapecoense soccer to reach the finals and they were scheduled to face Atletico Nacional of Medellin on Wednesday.