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Brazilian Football team involved in Plane Crash

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A chartered aircraft with 81 people on board, including a Brazilian first division football team Chapecoense heading to Colombia, has crashed on its way to Medellin’s International Airport.

The team was going to Colombia for a regional tournament final. Aviation authorities said there are however reports of at least six survivors.

“It’s a tragedy of huge proportions,” an Associated Press (AP) report from Bogota in Colombia quoted the Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez as telling a local radio station.

He was on his way to the site in a mountainous area outside the city where aircraft crashed.

Aviation authorities said the British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane declared an emergency at 10PM. Monday (0300 Tuesday GMT) due to an electrical failure.

The plane was operated by a Bolivian charter airline named Lamia,

Authorities and rescuers were immediately activated but an air force helicopter had to turn back because of low visibility.

They urged journalists to stay away from the hard-to-access zone and stay off the roads to facilitate the entry of ambulances and rescuers.

The area has been hit by heavy rains in recent days.

An ambulance transporting a male passenger with oxygen and covered in a blanket arrived on a stretcher to a local hospital, Blu Radio reported. He was apparently alive.

The aircraft, which made a stop in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was transporting the first division Chapecoense soccer team from southern Brazil.

The team was scheduled to play Wednesday in the first of a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin.

The plane was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew members, aviation authorities said in a statement.

Local radio said the same aircraft transported Argentina’s national squad for a match earlier this month in Brazil, and had previously transported Venezuela’s national team.

A video published on the team’s Facebook page showed the team readying for the flight earlier Monday in Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos international airport.

The team, from the small city of Chapeco, was in the middle of a fairy tale season.

It joined Brazil’s first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it last week to the Copa Sudamericana finals after defeating Argentina’s San Lorenzo squad.

The Copa Sudamericana is the equivalent of the UEFA Europa League.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

6 Comments

  1. Nenr

    November 29, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Omg. Hope there are survivors. Medellin reminds me of Narcos

    • Anon

      November 29, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Medellin reminds me of everything to do with Don Pablo Escobar.

  2. Benson Ossai

    November 29, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Watch it on sky news.Really sad, really sad.May the soul of the departed rest in peace.And may God give the families who have lost a love one in this tragedy the fortitude to bear this irreparable lost.

  3. Anon

    November 29, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Very sad.

  4. Corolla

    November 29, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Very very sad.

  5. Mo'Diva

    November 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    God have mercy oo

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