Plane Carrying Brazilian Soccer Team, 81 Crew Members Involved In Accident In Colombia

A plane carrying 72 passengers including members of a Brazilian soccer teamand nine crew members was involved in an accident near Rionegro, Colombia, according to the country’s civil aviation department.The plane declared an emergency between the municipalities of La Ceja and La Union, according to a statement from Colombian aviation officials.There could be six possible survivors, the statement said.

According to CNN, The plane took off from Bolivia’s Viru Viru airport at 6:18 p.m. local time, according to Manuel Palamas, an air controller at the airport.

Officials didn’t specify what happened to the plane but did say that the wounded were being transported to assistance centers.

The mayor of nearby Medellin said on Twitter that he is on his way to the accident site.

“The important thing here seeing that there might be survivors, it’s saving lives. That’s first and foremost,” Mayor Federico Gutierrez said. “We’re here supporting them on this very very sad story. They have our solidarity, so do their families, their friends, their countries. “

Alfredo Bocanegra, the director of the Colombia Civil Aviation Authority, told CNN his organization is calling the incident an accident and not a crash at this point but did not elaborate.
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Plane Carrying Brazilian Soccer Team, 81 Crew Members Involved In Accident In Colombia

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