A charter Plane carrying 81 people, including 22 players from the Brazilian football Club Chapecoense, crashed in Cerro Gordo, Colombia.
Police say 76 people were killed, and five survived. One of the dead, survived the crash, but died in hospital.Survivors included three members of the team, according to unconfirmed reports.
|The unfortunate players of the Chapecoense football club|
The plane was given priority to land but didn’t make the airport, according to Alfredo Bocanegra, the head of Colombia’s civil aviation authority. It lost contact with ground controllers around midnight.
The plane was en route from Bolivia to Medellin airport in Colombia, where the team was due to play in the Copa Americana.Bad weather is hampering rescue efforts, but an estimated 90 emergency services workers are now at the crash site.
The club has been a success story in recent years, both on and off the pitch.
Based in the city of Chapeco, the Chapecoense organisation has been lauded as a model of financial restraint and common sense.
This season was the first time the club has qualified to play in the Copa Sudamericana - the continent's second tier club competition.
Formed in the 1970s, the team is not one of the more established names in the Brazlian game, and was only promoted to the country's top division in 2014.
On their way to the final in Medellin, Chapecoense beat major teams including San Lorenzo and Independiente from Argentina.
Shortly after news broke of the plane crash, the Chapecoense team put out a statement on club's Facebook page that read: "May god accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation."
The team said it would refrain from any further statements until it had fully evaluated the extent of the crash.
The South American football federation, CONMEBOL, has cancelled all activities until further notice.
The federation said in a statement on Tuesday that its president, Alejandro Dominguez, is on his way to Medellin.
The first of the two-game Copa Sudamericana final was scheduled to be played Wednesday in Medellin between Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional.