75 Killed, 6 Survive Crash of Charter Plane Carrying Brazilian Soccer Team in Colombia

An official investigation has begun into a plane crash that killed 75 people, including members of a Brazilian club soccer team, near Jose Maria Cordova International Airport in Medellin, Colombia, just before 10 p.m. Monday.

Colombian authorities confirmed six survivors: three soccer players, two crew members and one journalist.

The plane, charter flight CP2933 operated by LaMia airline, was due to arrive in Medellin from Bolivia, the airport’s official Twitter account confirmed, adding the plane suffered an electrical failure before the crash.

The team, Chapecoense, was due to play against Medellin’s Atletico Nacional in the finals of the Copa Sudamericana on Wednesday, local media reported.

Aerocivil, Colombia’s civil aviation authority, confirmed the accident and said that the first steps of an official investigation have begun.

 


 

The crash took place near the town of La Unión, in the mountainous department of Antioquia.

Aerocivil published a list of the names of the surviving passengers and crew to its Twitter account.

The South American Football Confederation said in a statement it “greatly regrets” the crash and added all of its activities will be suspended until further notice.

Airport officials say the crash site can only be accessed by ground transportation because of the weather conditions.

ABC News’ Joshua Hoyos, Matt Stone and Rachel Katz contributed to this report.

Via J.J. Gallagher,Good Morning America

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