A plane carrying 72 passengers including a Brazilian football team has crashed in Colombia.
Brazilian side Chapecoense were on their way from Bolivia to Medellin International Airport in Colombia to play in the Copa Sudamerica final when the plane came down.
At least ten people are being treated at the scene, but officials at Medellin airport said just ‘six people may have survived’.
The crash site is only able to be reached by ground emergency services due to the steep terrain and low visibility, and is 30 minutes outside of the town of La Unión.
Local media outlets reported that the plane, which was carrying nine crew, crashed at about 10.15pm after suffering power failures while flying through the mountainous Antioquia Department.
Video shared on Twitter claimed to have captured the exact moment the plane dropped from the radar. Shocking images also show the mangled wreckage of the plane’s wing.
It’s understood that nearby hospitals have been placed on ‘maximum alert’ and are preparing for injured passengers to be treated.
‘Take the wounded is difficult because it is very wooded, although there is much collaboration,’ said Hugo Botero Lopez, mayor of La Union, in a roughly translated account from Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.
‘There are firemen of La Union, Rionegro, El Carmen de Vibroal, La Ceja, there are more than 90 lifeguards, but it is not easy to get people who are alive. we can not give so far no official report,’ he added.
Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez said there could be survivors.
‘It’s a tragedy of huge proportions,’ Gutierrez told Blu Radio on his way to the site in a mountainous area outside the city where the chartered aircraft is believed to have crashed shortly before midnight local time.
Local media in Colombia are reporting that a male passenger going by the name of Alan has arrived in an ambulance to a hospital near Medellin after the plane crash involving a Brazilian first division soccer team. More info
— BluRadio Colombia (@BluRadioCo) November 29, 2016