MEDELLIN, COLUMBIA – An Avro RJ85 plane carrying a still-celebrating Brazilian soccer team, as well as media and several others crashed near Medellin, Columbia Monday night. The chartered plane was carrying approximately 81 people; 72 passengers and 9 crew members, six of those on board miraculously survived. Of the 72 passengers, 22 of those are believed to have been players.
The Brazilian first-division soccer team’s chartered plane traveling from Santa Cruz, Bolivia to the Copa Sudamerica finals in Columbia. The plane signaled that there was an emergency early Tuesday morning and then lost radar contact shortly after, just minutes from their destination of the Jose Maria Cordova Airport near Medellin, Columbia.
Rescuers working overnight in the increasingly rainy, and foggy weather scouring through the wreckage were initially surprised to locate any survivors, but they ultimately located six. The conditions of the six vary, of the survivors confirmed, are goalkeepers, Danilo Padilha and Jackson Follmann, Alan Ruschel, the Chapecoenese defender who is suffering from spinal injuries according to medical personnel. Also listed as survivors are passengers Rafael Gobbato and Xiemena Suarez. There is no information available regarding the extent of the injuries, but authorities are saying one of the six since succumbed to his/her injuries.
Aviation officials said that preliminary investigations indicate mechanical failure, but the investigation is ongoing. In light of this tragic crash all soccer activities have halted until further notice according to the soccer organization.
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