Tuesday, 29 November 2016

PHOTOS: Plane carrying Brazilian football team crashes in Colombia with 76 of 81 on board dead

The flight was carrying the Chapecoense side to the final of the Copa Sudamericana, where they were due to face Colombian team Atletico Nacional on Wednesday

A plane carrying a South American football team has crashed in Colombia - killing 76 of the 81 people on board.
The plane was carrying the Brazilian side Chapecoense to Medellin airport when it fell from the sky after suffering electrical problems.
The jet split in two when it crashed in mountains shortly at around 10pm local time (3am UK time), shortly before it was due to land.
The hero pilot is reported to have opened a fuel door to release fuel and prevent a huge explosion.

There were 72 passengers and nine crew on board the charter plane, which was taking the 22-man squad to their match against Atletico Nacional.

Police commander José Acevedo told local media 75 people died at the scene and one person on their way to hospital.
Earlier, Mayor of Medellin Federico Gutierrez said: "This is a tragedy. we have pictures of the plane, which broke in two.
"We thank God the plane did not fall in an urban area because it could have been an even greater tragedy."
Defender Alan Ruschel and goalkeepers Danilo Padilha and Jakson Follmann were reported to be three of the survivors taken to hospital.
But around nine hours after the crash, the club confirmed Danilo Padilha has died in hospital.

Alan Ruschel and Danilo are reported to be among the survivors

Ruschel - who suffered a broken hip and head injuries - was heard asking medics to look after his wedding ring as he arrived at hospital.
It is understood 21 journalists were also among those travelling on board.
The aircraft, registered CP2933 and belonging to the airline Lamia Bolivia, was used by Argentina and Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano just three weeks ago.


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