According to Colombian authorities, Seventy-six passengers traveling from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to Medellin were killed in a plane crash in northwestern Colombia on Tuesday.
The chartered British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane reported electrical problems at around 10 p.m., according to a statement from the José María Córdova International Airport in Rionegro, Colombia. These problems cause the plane to crash shortly after in a mountainous area about 22 miles from the airport.
There were 72 passengers and nine crew members on board, including members of Chapecoense, a Brazilian first division soccer team. The team was expected to play in the Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin, USA Today reported.
At least three soccer players, two crew members and one journalist were reported to have initially survived the crash, but sources are now saying that one of the survivors died a short time after.
“It’s a tragedy of huge proportions,” Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez told Blu Radio. “What was supposed to be a celebration has turned into a tragedy.”
In a statement posted on Facebook, the soccer club wrote that “may God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests traveling with our delegation.”
Videos related to the crash can be seen below:
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