A charter plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team on its way to a championship game crashed in Colombia Monday night, with 76 people confirmed dead.
The plane, which was en route from Bolivia to Colombia, declared an emergency stop near Medellín’s airport at 10pm local time (9pm CT), citing electrical failure, but it crashed about five minutes later. Seventy-two passengers were confirmed onboard, including 22 members of the Chapecoense Real soccer team—which was traveling to play its first match in the finals of Copa Sudamericana, an international soccer tournament in South America—and 22 journalists.
Initial reports indicated that 75 people died (including crew members) and six had survived, but rescue efforts throughout the night have been complicated by heavy rain. The survivors, according to Colombia’s aviation authority, included three soccer players (one who later died), two crew members, and a Brazilian journalist. An additional survivor had been discovered at approximately 5am Tuesday morning, according to a local Colombia television station.
— Telemedellín (@Telemedellin) November 29, 2016
Chapecoense Real had posted a Facebook live video earlier in the day of the team checking into the airport.