Colombian officials announced tragic news on Tuesday, stating that a chartered plane which was carrying a Brazilian first division soccer team, had crashed outside Medellin and killed 76 peopled.
The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane had been on its way to the finals of a regional tournament. According to aviation authorities, the plane, which was operated by a charter airline named LaMia, declared an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10 p.m. Monday (0300 GMT) because of an electrical failure.
Although 6 people initially survived, one died shortly later at a hospital.
The Chapecoense soccer team from southern Brazil was on board and were headed for the first leg Wednesday of a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin.
“What was supposed to be a celebration has turned into a tragedy,” Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez stated.
South America’s soccer federation has suspended all soccer activities until further notice.