The charter aircraft took off from Bolivia and was flying over the town of La Union at around 10 p.m. when electrical flaws were reported, according to a statement from the José María Córdova International Airport in Rionegro, Colombia. The plane crashed shortly after in a mountainous area in the Antioquian municipality, roughly 22 miles from the airport, which serves the city of Medellin.
“It’s a tragedy of huge proportions,” Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez told Blu Radio on his way to the scene of the crash.
Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel, 27, is in a stable condition after being pulled from the plane's wreckage, according to media reports. The disaster management agency also said that players Marcos Danilo Padilha and Jacson Ragnar Follmann survived as well as passengers Rafael Correa Gobbato and Ximena Suarez. The survivors were taken to nearby hospitals.
The South American soccer federation canceled games until further notice and said its president, Alejandro Dominguez, was travelling to Medellin.
— Alcaldía de Rionegro (@AlcRionegro) November 29, 2016
The plane is a British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane. It is not clear what caused the crash, but Colombia had been hit by heavy rains and thunderstorms in recent hours.