76 killed in Colombia Brazilian football team plane crash

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Themorningbellbd.com desk, November 29: Dhaka: Emergency workers have recovered 25 bodies from the site of a plane crash in Colombia and six people have been rescued alive, according to officials.

The chartered plane had 81 people on board, including players from the Chapecoense football team, when it came down in mountains near the city of Medellin.

The plane reported electrical problems.

The football team was due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional.

The first leg of the final of the cup, South America’s second most important club competition, was scheduled for Wednesday, but has now been suspended.

The team, from the southern city of Chapeco, was promoted to Brazil’s first division in 2014 and reached the final last week after a victory against Argentina’s San Lorenzo.

Reports say the British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by Bolivian charter airline Lamia and carrying 72 passengers and nine crew, crashed in a mountainous area outside the city shortly before midnight local time (05:00 GMT).

According to an airport press release, it was reporting an electrical fault to the control tower.

Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez described it as “a tragedy of huge proportions”.

The Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro airport, which serves Medellin, posted on its Twitter account: “Confirmed, the aircraft licence number CP2933 was carrying the team @ChapecoenseReal. Apparently there are survivors.”

It later said in a statement that “all possible aid was being mobilised because six survivors are being reported”.

Poor weather has meant that the crash site is only accessible by land.

However, there was no fire on impact, which has given rescuers hope that more survivors may be found.

Source: Agencies