A mid-sized chartered plane carrying 81 people, including members of a Chapecoense soccer club of Brazil, crashed on Tuesday in Medellín, Colombia. The authorities said that almost seventy five people killed in the plane crash.
The civil aviation authority of Colombia clarified that six lucky people were able to survive the horrific plane crash. The survivors were three soccer players, two crew members and a journalist.
A small airline, was the operator of the charter plane. The flight also had members of prestigious soccer club of Brazil Chapecoense de Brasil, on board. The team was traveling to participate in the finals of the Copa Sudamericana tournament.
The Medellín airport also issued a statement related to the crash. They said that the charted plane had seventy two people on-board and nine crew members. The Medellín area had a low visibility, which slowed down the rescue and search operations.
Before plane crash, It was also reported that the plane had some electrical problems. While flying over the La Ceja town and La Unión, the plane experienced the problem.
The mountainous stretches around Medellín, Columbia made it difficult to manage the search operations. The authorities also said that the plane had around 21 journalists and all died but one in this horrific crash.
The football club’s vice-president Ivan Tozzo told reporters that “The pain is terrible. Just as we had made it, I will not say to the top, but to have national prominence, a tragedy like this happens. It is very difficult, a very great tragedy.”
The president of Atletico Nacional, the other participant team in the finals, Juan Carlos de la Cuesta also expressed solidarity with Chapecoense tam. He also requested the Chapecoense should be announced as the champion.
This horrific tragedy has shocked the soccer-loving Brazil. President Michel Temer has announced that Brazil will hold three days of national mourning. He also expedited the assistance through foreign affairs and defense ministries for the victims.
Temer said that “The government will do everything possible to ease the pain of the family and friends of sport and national journalism.”