#Breaking_News,#Soccer : At least 3 survivors found after plane carrying Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia

A charter plane carrying 81 people, including players from a Brazilian soccer team headed for a championship match, has crashed en route to Medillin’s airport in Colombia, according to authorities. Medellin’s mayor, Federico Gutierrez, was quoted by the AP saying that there were at least 3 survivors. But that figure was uncertain as rescuers were having difficulty reaching the crash site. 

The last pic before crash

Gutierrez called it “a tragedy of huge proportions.”

He said rescue teams were on the way to the crash site. Other news reports said that heavy rain was making it difficult to access the site. Officials put out a call for four-wheel drive vehicles.

The aircraft was carrying members of the Chapecoense Real soccer team, based in southern Brazil, for the finals of the Copa Sudamerica against Atletico Nacional of Medellin. The first match was scheduled for Wednesday in Medellin, according to Colombia’s aviation authority, Aerocivil.

According to Aerocivil, there were 72 passengers and 9 crew aboard the flight from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where the team stopped over.

The aircraft, a British Aerospace short-haul plane operated by a Bolivian charter company, went down near the town of La Unión, according to Colombian officials, about 53 miles from the Medellin airport.

The AP reported that the plane declared an emergency about 10 p.m. Monday local time due to an electrical failure.

The club, from the town of Chapeco, was a kind of Cinderella team based in the small city of Chapeco which only joined Brazil’s first division in 2014. It defeated Argentina’s powerhouse San Lorenzo last week to make it into the two-game championship round.

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