Up to 76 dead as plane carrying Brazilian football team crashes

A charter plane carrying 81 people has crashed in Cerro Gordo, Columbia.

According to police in Columbia, up to 76 people have been confirmed dead. Speaking to a local radio station, Medellin police chief Jose Acevedo said that six people have been pulled alive from the wreckage, but one has since died in hospital.

22 players from Brazilian football club Chapcoense were on board when the plane lost contact with ground controllers. 26 other members of staff from the team were also on board at the time, along with 21 journalists.

There have been reports that players Alan Ruschel and Danilo, the team’s 31-year-old goalkeeper and reserve goalkeeper Jakson Follmann are among the survivors.


Medellin’s mayor Federico Gutierrez said it was ‘a tragedy of huge proportions’.


Aviation authorities said the aircraft declared an emergency at 10pm on Monday due to an electrical failure, before attempting a forced landing.

The rescue effort was hampered due to the nearest access point being a 30 minute walk from the crash site. They have also been battling through fog.

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