A plane carrying 81 people, most belonging to Brazilian football team Chapecoense, crashed early today morning in central Colombia on its way to the international airport near Medellín.
It remains unclear how many people survived the crash, but the local police told the media hours later that only five were left alive, with the other 76 believed to be dead.
In addition to the team’s players, trainers, and support staff, the plane was carrying nine crew members and several Brazilian journalists.
The team was on its way to face Atlético Nacional of Medellín in first leg of the Copa Sudamericana tournament final on Wednesday. After departing from São Paulo on Monday, the team stopped in Bolivia and was making its final flight from Santa Cruz to Colombia’s second largest city when it declared an emergency less than 50 kilometers from its destination.
Rest In Peace to the lost souls