Seventy-six people have been killed after a plane carrying members of a Brazilian football team crashed in Colombia, police have said. There are reported to be five survivors.
The charter aircraft, carrying 72 passengers and nine crew, is believed to have come down in a mountainous area outside Colombia’s second-largest city, Medellin. Regional police commander, Jose Gerardo Acevedo, told reporters: “Six people were rescued alive, but unfortunately one died. The rest of the occupants unfortunately died. The tragic toll is 76 victims.”
The plane had been carrying the Chapecoense football team. It has been confirmed that a defender, 27-year-old Alan Ruschel, is among those who survived and Brazilian TV channels reported that goalkeeper Danilo and reserve goalkeeper Jakson Follmann had survived too.