A chartered plane carrying Brazilian football team Chapecoense to the Copa Sudamericana final crashed in the Colombian mountains, killing 75 of the 81 people on board.
Local media said the plane had reported an electrical fault shortly before it disappeared off radar screens although investigators are also looking into an account from one of the survivors that the chartered jet ran out of fuel about five minutes from its expected landing at Jose Maria Cordova airport outside Medellin.
Flightradar24 data regarding the crash of flight #LMI2933 near Medellín. https://t.co/1xvOFVQ1F7 pic.twitter.
com/ryatmmRRio— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) November 29, 2016
“In these types of investigations, we can’t discard other causes,” said the head of Colombia’s civil aviation agency, Alfredo Bocanegra.
“The testimony from the survivors will be valuable and the fact that this tragic accident occurred nearby will enable us to carry out a thorough investigation.
At least six people, including three players – Alan Ruschel, Jakson Follman and Zampier Neto – survived the crash.
The club’s main goalkeeper, Marcos Padilha aka Danilo, was also pulled alive from the wreckage but a spokesman said he later died in hospital.
The last video of ChapecoenseReal footballers on the plane before the terrible crash. #Chapecoense #planecrash pic.twitter.
com/3IYKYjG7Az— Football Arena (FootbaIIArena) November 29, 2016