A plane carrying over 81 people including members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense has crashed in Colombia.

The British Aerospace 146 short-haul aircraft with nine crew members and 72 passengers on board started it journey in Sao Paulo before making a stop in Bolivia on its way to Colombia.

Colombian police have now confirmed 76 fatalities and there were initially six survivors from the crash before one died in hospital.

Authorities have confirmed 22 members of the top division team were on board as well as 22 journalists.

5 survivors confirmed 

Colombian authorities have confirmed that three of the survivors include the Brazilian club’s defender, Alan Ruschel, 27, goalkeeper Danilo and reserve goalkeeper Jakson Follmann, Reuters report.

The two other survivors are journalist Rafael Correa Gobbato and crew member Ximena Suarez.

Another Chapecoense player, former Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Marcelo Boeck, 32, was celebrating his birthday with family. The club’s president, who had planned to join the players on the flight, did not travel with the team.

Boeck’s agent, Antonio Araujo, told SIC Noticias: “I just talked to him, he was at the stadium, along with his family, a deep sadness. It was an act of God that he didn’t travel.”

Did another player survive? 

A sixth survivor is now being reported as defender Zampier Neto. Footage has emerged of the sixth survivor being stretchered away from the crash site.

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Alan Ruschel, 27, is one of three confirmed surviving members of the team that travelled.

A photo emerges of three players in the club’s dressing room

“Total desolation in the Chapecoense dressing room,” the tweet reads. “Players who did not make the trip, devastated. What a day so destroyed.”

The team were on their way to play Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin.

They had lost 1-0 on Sunday to Palmeiras, who lifted the Brazilian Serie A title.

Video emerges of the players celebrating days before the trip

A statement from the José Maria Córdova airport said: “At the moment we know that the disaster happened in Cerro Gordo the municipality of La Unión and that there were 72 passengers and nine crew aboard, including the football team Chapocoense Real. There are reported to be six survivors.”

Reports suggested that the flight crew reported an electrical issue at around 10pm local time before losing contact with ground control around midnight.

The biggest names in football sent their condolences and prayers 

 

Culled from Squawka

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