A charter plane carrying 81 passengers including Brazil's Chapecoense football team and a large press contingent crashed en route to Medellin, Colombia on Monday night. According to The Guardian, the crash killed 71 on board (Colombian authorities lowered the death toll from 75 later Tuesday, saying four passengers didn't board the flight) while at least five people, including two players, survived.
According to a statement from the Jose Maria Cordova airport in Medellin, the plane declared an emergency at 10 p.m. The plane ultimately crashed in Cerro Gordo, a mountainous rural region outside of Colombia's second-largest city.
— Chapecoense (@ChapecoenseReal) November 29, 2016
Now our thoughts go out to the families of players, staff, the media and for all those impacted by this tragedy.
The hashtag #ForcaChape took over the world this morning with hundreds of thousands of people sending prayers and hoping for good news from Colombia.
As of now, five survivors were found by rescue crews and were receiving medical care according to Aeronautica Civil Colombia. Goalkeeper Jackson Follman, fullback Alan Ruschel, journalist Rafael Hansel, as well as two members of the flight crew are among the confirmed survivors.
The same aircraft had been used to take Lionel Messi and the Argentina national team to their match against Brazil earlier in November.
Brazilian President Michel Temer has declared three days of national mourning following the Chapecoense plane crash.
Here are the Real Madrid players in a minute of silence for the victims of the tragedy before today’s practice.
— Real Madrid C. F. (@realmadrid) November 29, 2016
Barcelona also held a minute of silence for the victims of Tuesday’s tragedy.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 29, 2016
Here is a list of the Chapecoense delegation:
Goalkeepers: Danilo and Follmann
Full Backs: Gimenez, Dener, Alan Ruschel and Caramelo
Defenders: Marcelo, Filipe Machado, Thiego and Neto
Defensive Midfielders: Josimar, Gil, Sérgio Manoel and Matheus Biteco
Midfielders: Cleber Santana and Arthur Maia
Strikers: Kempes, Ananias, Lucas Gomes, Tiaguinho, Bruno Rangel and Canela.
Head Coach - Caio Júnior
Assistant Coach- Duca
Physical trainer - Anderson Paixão
Goalkeeper coach - Boião
Physiologist - Cezinha
Medic - Dr. Marcio
Physiotherapist - Rafael Gobbato
Analyst - Pipe Grohs