A chartered aircraft with 81 people on board, including a Brazilian football team, has crashed in central Colombia, the country’s civil aviation association says.
Rescuers were moving survivors from the crash site, in a mountainous area near the city of Medellin, the aviation body added.
The first division Chapocoense football team was among the 72 passengers and nine crew on board the charter aircraft when it crashed about 10:00pm (local time) on its way to Medellin’s international airport.
Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez said it was “a tragedy of huge proportions”.
It is not clear what caused the British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane to crash, but Colombia had been hit by heavy rains and thunderstorms in recent hours.
The Chapecoense team had been scheduled to play on Wednesday in the first of a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin.
The team, from the small city of Chapeco, joined Brazil’s first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it to the Copa Sudamericana finals last week by defeating Argentina’s legendary San Lorenzo squad.
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