UNS/BBC – A plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia.Five have survived the plane crash in Colombia, local police have said. The other 76 people on board are thought to be dead. The plane, en route to Medellin from Bolivia, was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew members when it went down in Cerro Gordo on Tuesday.
Members of Brazilian football team Chapecoense, who were scheduled to play a Copa Sudamerica finals match against Atlético Nacional on Wednesday, were on board. Media reports identified three football players among the survivors, but the news could not be confirmed.
Colombia’s civil aviation body says only six people survived the crash, blamed on an electrical fault.
The chartered aircraft, flying from Brazil via Bolivia, was carrying members of the Chapecoense team.
The team had been due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional.
Organisers say Atletico Nacional has asked for Chapecoense to be awarded the cup. Brazilian clubs have offered to loan players to them for free for the next year.
Colombian aviation officials said there were 21 journalists on board.