Reports have it that a plane carrying 81 people, including the Brazilian football team, crashed while it was approaching the city of Medellin in Colombia.
The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, run by Bolivian charter airline Lamia was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew. It crashed in a mountainous area outside the city just before midnight.
The plane as reported, experienced electrical problems and only six people survived the crash.
BBC reported that the chartered aircraft flying from Bolivia, was carrying members of the Chapecoense football team. The team as learnt was heading to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the first leg of the final scheduled for Wednesday has now been suspended.
Not fewer than 22 players from the Brazilian football team, and 22 football journalists from Brazil were on board.
An airport statement has confirmed the incident saying the plane was reporting an electrical fault to the control tower.
“At the moment we know that the disaster happened in Cerro Gordo in the municipality of La Unión and that there were 72 passengers and nine crew aboard, including the football team Chapocoense Real. There are reported to be six survivors,” read the statement.
Also, Confederação Brasileira de Futebol issued a statement saying: “we are in contact with the Conmebol, local representatives and clubs in search of more information authorities before any possible measures on the progress of Brazilian football…we express our solidarity and we direct our prayers to the passengers and crew of the flight.”
Meanwhile, the Brazilian President Michel Temer, has declared three days of national mourning following the Chapecoense plane crash.