Two crew members also survived. Those killed on the flight included 21 journalists travelling with the team for Chapecoense’s Copa Sudamerica finals match against Atléticao in Colombia’s second city Medellin. The plane was en route from Blovia to Medellin. The plane, a British Aerospace 146 was given priority to land but didn’t reach the airport, according to Alfredo Bocanegra, the head of Colombia’s civil aviation authority.
It lost contact with ground controllers around midnight. As the plane was made in Britain a team from the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch is sending inspectors to the crash site as part of the investigation. Questions have been raised about why a team request to fly direct from Brazil, instead of from Bolivia, was rejected by Brazil’s civial aviation authority. Bad weather hampered rescue efforts, which had to be briefly suspended due to heavy rain.
Daylight images from the site showed rescue workers carrying away shrouded bodies of those killed in the crash. Football teams across the world have been expressing their condolences. The mayor of Medellín said the crash was “a tragedy of huge proportions”. Brazil’s president Temer offered support and sympathy to the families of those killed.