At least 76 people are dead after a chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashed into mountains near Medellin, Colombia late Monday night, Associated Press reported.
After initially departing from Sao Paolo, Brazil, the British Aerospace 146 plane last took off from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, with 81 people on board, and members of the Chapecoense professional soccer team were en route to play in the Copa Sudamericana regional tournament final, the Associated Press reported. Roughly two dozen journalists also boarded the flight to cover the game, the Associated Press reported. Before the plane crashed, Bolivian officials said there were reports that the plane experienced possible electrical problems, but officials have also said the plane could have been low on fuel.
Early Tuesday, Colombian police said only five people survived the crash, according to the Associated Press. Rocky terrain, dense forests and nighttime conditions hindered search-and-rescue efforts already underway, officials told the AP.
Outpourings of grief met news of the crash. Fans in southern Brazil wept, hugged each other and prayed upon hearing that the Chapecoense team was on board the plane when it went down. According to the Associated Press, Brazilian President Michel Temer said, “The government will do everything possible to alleviate the pain” for loved ones.