Plane Reportedly Lacking Fuel Crashes in Colombia with 81 People, including Brazil Soccer Team, on Board


An aircraft with 81 people aboard, including a Brazilian football team, crashed in Central Colombia, the country’s civil aviation association said on its website on Tuesday.

Rescuers are moving survivors from the crash site, the aviation body added, saying that the Chapocoense football team was among the 72 passengers and 9 crew on board the aircraft, Business Insider reported.

According to media reports, cited by Sputnik, the crash was caused by the lack of fuel. The number of dead or injured is not reported at the moment.

The plane reportedly crashes at around 10:15pm local time in Cerro Gordo after disappearing in the Colombian airspace, the Jose Maria Cordova International Airport in Rionegro said in a statement, adding that there may be survivors.

According to local media the football team was going to the South American Cup final against Atletico Nacional in a game set for Wednesday.

The plane crashed en route to José María Córdova International Airport in Rionegro, the second largest airport in Colombia.

The airport added that the emergency teams cannot access the site located in the Antioquia department in Northwest Colombia by air due to weather conditions and are trying to reach it by land.