A plane carrying members of a Brazilian soccer team and several sports journalists headed to the finals of a South American tournament crashed in the mountains outside of Medellin, Colombia, late Monday night, killing 71 of the 77 people on board. Seven victims were pulled from the crash alive, but one later died on the way to the hospital. The plane took off from Bolivia earlier Monday carrying the Chapecoense, which was set to play in the finals of the Copa Sudamericana tournament on Wednesday in Medellin. It crashed about five miles from its destination.
According to The Telegraph,
the plane was a British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane,being operated by LaMia, a charter airline company. The plane declared an emergency about 10 p.m. local time and lost radar contact because of an electrical failure, The Telegraph reports. It is still not known what caused the plane to crash. Investigators are looking at electrical issues and lack of fuel as two possible causes, the Associated Press reports.
A flight attendant who survived told investigators the plane had run out of fuel prior to the crash. But communication from Bolivian aviation officials suggested electrical problems, according to the AP. The plane has a maximum range of about 2,965 kilometers, the Associated Press reports. It is about that distance from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to Medellin. Investigators recovered two black boxes at the scene, an official said.
Officials have said six people on that plane survived the crash,
including three members of the soccer team, named as defenders, Alan Ruschel and Helio Neto, as well as goalkeeper Jakson Follmann. Flight attendant Ximena Suarez Otterburg, another crew member, Erwin Tumiri, and journalist Rafael Valmorbida, also survived.
You can see photos and read about the victims by clicking through the gallery. More photos and information about those who died will be added as more information is made public. (Getty)