Colombia plane crash: Electrical failure apparently caused accident

75 crew members and passengers, including the majority of the Brazilian Chapecoense soccer team players, were killed in the plane crash late last night (local time) near Medellin, Colombia. The cause of the crash was most likely an electrical failure. It appears that only three of the soccer players survived.
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75 people were killed when a chartered aircraft crashed late Monday night (local time) near Medellin, Colombia. The Colombian authorities said that only six people survived the crash, which was apparently caused by an electrical failure. Among the passengers were the members of the Brazilian Chapecoense soccer team. It appears that only three of the players survived.

The rescue teams arrived late to the scene after being delayed due to the heavy rain in the area. Many bodies were located by the rescue forces at the scene. Several other passengers succumbed to their injuries on their way to the hospital. The soccer players recorded themselves on the plane and uploaded the video to the team’s Facebook page shortly before the crash.

The scene of the crash Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

The plane took off from Bolivia's Viru Viru airport. The team was supposed to play against the Colombian club team Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the South American Cup Finals later this week.  

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) announced that in light of the accident, all confederation games have been suspended until further notice. “This was a tragedy of huge proportions,” said Medellin's mayor Federico Gutierrez as he made his way to the scene.

The Brazilian soccer team Photo Credit: Twitter/Channel 2 News

As JOL reported earlier today, all contact with Lamia Bolivia Airlines flight number LMI2933 was lost right before the crash.

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