La Union (Colombia), Nov 30: Emergency workers have found the black boxes with flight data and cockpit voice recordings from a plane that crashed in the Colombian mountains with a Brazilian football team on board, officials have said.
Luis Perez Gutierrez, the governor for Antioquia department in northwestern Colombia, where the charter flight went down, announced yesterday that the two black boxes had been located. Aviation officials later confirmed the find. Officials did not immediately say how long it would take to analyze their contents.
A plane carrying a Brazilian football team crashed in the mountains in Colombia, killing an estimated 75 people while six survived, including several players, officials said today. The LAMIA airlines charter declared an emergency at around 10:00 pm (local time), reporting it had suffered “electrical failures,” and crashed a short time later near the city of Medellin, officials said.
The plane was carrying members of Chapecoense Real, a Brazilian football club that had risen from obscurity to reach the Copa Sudamericana finals, which were set for tomorrow against Atletico Nacional of Colombia. In all, there were 72 passengers and nine crew on board the British Aerospace 146.
Brazil’s President Michel Temer declared three days of mourning for the victims. Football stars including Argentina’s Lionel Messi and retired legend Diego Maradona led tributes to the players and messages of mourning. The civil aviation authority said six of the 81 people on board were known to have survived the crash, which left the plane’s wrecked white shell plastered over a hillside.
A spokesperson for the authority told AFP that goalkeeper Marcos Danilo Padilha, 31, died after being transferred to hospital from the remote site of the crash. Danilo’s last-minute save in the semi-final had ensured the team made it through to the Copa Sudamericana final.