Plane carrying Brazilian football team crashes in Colombia with 76 of 81 on board dead, six were survivors

A plane carrying 81 people, at least 76 dead,  including a top Brazilian football team, has smashed on its way to approaching the city of Medellin in Colombia. Reports say seven people were pulled alive from the plane, however, two have since died including the team’s goalkeeper.

The chartered airplane, flying from Brazil through Bolivia, was carrying people from the Chapecoense team.

There were 72 passengers and nine crew on board the charter plane including 21 journalists, which was taking the 22-man squad to their scheduled match against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday.

Earlier, Mayor of Medellin Federico Gutierrez said: “This is a tragedy. we have pictures of the plane, which broke in two.

“We thank God the plane did not fall in an urban area because it could have been an even greater tragedy.”

The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, worked by a charter aircraft named LaMia, pronounced an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10pm Monday as a result of an electrical failure, aviation authorities said.