including members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense, has
crashed in Colombia.
Many are feared dead with early unconfirmed reports saying just 6 people survived.
According to GuardianUK,
the plane – a British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane pictured above–
started its journey in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at 3.35pm in the afternoon
local time. It made a stop in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, a bustling
economic hub in eastern Bolivia, later that day before setting off for
The José Maria Córdova airport statement said that at 10pm, an aeroplane
travelling from Santa Cruz declared an emergency because of electrical
failures between the municipalities of la Ceja and la
At the moment we know that the disaster happened in Cerro Gordo the
municipality of La Unión and that there were 72 passengers and nine crew
aboard, including the football team Chapocoense Real. There are
reported to be six survivors.”
Local media in Colombia reported that the plane was flying as low as 150 feet before the accident.
According to the local news site mioriente.com, La Unión’s fire chief
has said that at least 10 people were being tended to at the accident
site. A state of emergency has been declared in the area and two
Colombian airforce helicopters have begun searching for more survivors.