A plane carrying 72 passengers – including a top Brazilian football team forced to change flights at the last minute – has crashed in remote Colombian mountains amid reports just six people have survived. Brazilian side Chapecoense were on their way from Bolivia to Medellin International Airport in Colombia to play in the Copa Sudamerica final when the jet came down.
The footballers had to change their flight and board the plane that crashed after Brazilian aviation authorities prevented them from taking a charter flight, it has been claimed.
Defender Alan Ruschel, 27, and goalkeepers Jakson Follmann and Danilo, are reported to be among just six survivors from the crash after being pulled alive from the wreckage.
The Avro RJ85 plane, which was carrying nine crew, crashed at about 10.15pm after suffering power failures while flying through the mountainous Antioquia Department. Local officials said it crashed against a hill and broke in two.
As officials revealed 25 bodies had already been recovered, rescue teams were forced to suspend their operations amid heavy rain in the mountainous region.