76 dead after plane carrying Brazilian soccer club crashes in Colombia
Rain hampers rescue efforts in mountainous region outside Medellin
A plane carrying the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, heading for the biggest game in its history, crashed in Colombia on Tuesday, killing 76 of the 81 people aboard. Flight 2933
Chapecoense, from Brazil’s top league, had been en route to face Atletico Nacional of Medellin in the first leg of Wednesday’s Sudamericana final, South America’s equivalent of the Europa League. The charter plane had left Viru Viru airport in Santa Cruz and crashed en route to José Maria Cordova International Airport in Rionegro, 45 minutes from the city of Medellin.
Chapecoense, a small club from Chapeco, had reached its first final of a major South American club competition. Three players were among the survivors, Colombian disaster authorities said. The charter plane was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew.
“Six people were rescued alive, but unfortunately one died. The rest of the occupants unfortunately died. The tragic toll is 76 victims,” Jose Gerardo Acevedo, regional police commander, told journalists.
The plane crashed in a mountainous rural area outside the city of Medellin. At one point, heavy rains halted rescue operations. News showed photos of twisted wreckage and hospital staff awaiting patients.
Flight tracking service Flightradar24 said on Twitter the last tracking signal from Flight 2933 had been received when it was at 4,724 metres about 30 kilometres from its destination, which sits at an altitude of 2,134 metres.
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The flight crashed around 10:15 p.m. local time. Heavy rain first hampered and then halted rescue operations. Officials told local media that bodies would be removed at first light.
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