BREAKING: Six SURVIVE after plane carrying Brazilian football team crashes in Colombia
The plane was travelling from Bolivia to José María Córdova International Airport in Rionegro, Medellin, when it crashed at 10.15pm local time on Monday in Cerro Gordo, part of the municipality of La Union in northwest Colombia.
A total of six survivors are being reported by authorities, according to the airport’s Twitter account.
Alan Ruschel, a defender on loan from Internacional, was the first survivor to arrive at a medical centre in La Ceja, Colombian TV station Noticias Caracol reported.
The aircraft, run by Venezuelan company LaMia, was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew members when it crashed in the El Godo mountains close to the city of Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city.
Among those on board were members of Brazil soccer team Chapecoense, who are scheduled to play Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin.