A plane was transporting the Brazilian side Chapecoense to Medellin airport disappeared off radar and crashed in Columbia around 10:15 pm.
About 72 passengers and 9 crew were on board the chartered plane, which was conveying the team to their match against Atletico Nacional when it crashed. According to a statement by officials from Jose Maria Cordova International Airport, only six people survived the crash.
A video shared on Twitter claimed to show the moment the plane disappeared from view on flight radar.
Daily Mirror reports that the plane crashed due to lack of fuel and it is thought to have come down in Cerro Gordo in the municipality of La Union.
Colombia has been hit by heavy storms which are impeding rescue efforts.
A statement from the airport said:
“The site of the accident is only accessible by land due to climatic conditions and low visibility,”
“The Colombian Air Force deployed a search and rescue helicopter which had to cancel the mission due to the adverse conditions.
“According to the authorities the police are mobilising all possible help since they are reporting six survivors.”
There have reportedly been a number of fatalities although an exact number is as yet unknown.
However, the commander of La Union fire department said at least 10 people have been injured and are being evacuated from the scene.
More details to come later…..