BREAKING: Plane carrying Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia

2016-11-29 08:04

Bogota - Authorities are responding to an emergency after an airplane with 72 passengers and nine crew members on board crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport. 

Colombia's police confirms 5 survivors. The rest of passengers have been killed.

Medellin's international airport said on its Twitter account that the aircraft had departed from Bolivia.

The charter aircraft was carrying members of the soccer team Chapecoense from Brazil, which is scheduled to play Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin.

"Confirmed, the aircraft license number CP2933 was carrying the team @ChapecoenseReal. Apparently there are survivors," the Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro airport said on its Twitter account.

The LAMIA aircraft was flying from Bolivia to Medellin when it crashed in an area called Cerro Gordo about 50km from the city, Colombia's second largest.

"It appears that the plane ran out of fuel," Elkin Ospina, the mayor of the nearby town of La Ceja, told AFP.

Nelson Almeida / AFP 

'First images of the plane crash'

Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez told Blu Radio “it’s a tragedy of huge proportions”.

He was on his way to the site in a mountainous area outside the city where the chartered aircraft is believed to have crashed shortly before midnight local time.

On its Twitter account, the Medellin airport said the crash site could only be reached overland because of bad weather in the area. Colombia's civil aeronautics agency said it had a team at the airport in response to the crash.

A video on the posted to the Chapecoense’s Facebook page showed players readying for the flight on Monday in Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos international airport.

Colombia’s Civil Aviation Authority released a list of passengers on board the flight on Twitter.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as they come in.

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