A chartered aircraft has crashed on its way to Medellín’s José María Córdova international airport. The plane had 81 people on board, including Brazilian first division soccer team Chapecoense, who were headed to Colombia for a regional tournament final.
The mayor of the local area, Federico Gutiérrez, has confirmed that at least 75 people died in the accident.
Seven people were rescued from the plane’s wreckage alive – two crew members, three footballers and a journalist – although one person later died. The seventh victim was found under the wreckage five hours after the crash.
“It’s a tragedy of huge proportions,” Medellín’s Mayor Federico Gutiérrez told Blu Radio on his way to the crash site, advising that a national emergency plan was being put into place.