A plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia, officials say. Reports say there are six survivors. The plane reported electrical problems.
The chartered aircraft, flying from Bolivia, was carrying members of the Chapecoense football team, airport officials said. The team was due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional.
The first leg of the final of the cup, South America’s second most important club competition, was scheduled for Wednesday, but has now been suspended.
The team, from the southern city of Chapeco, was promoted to Brazil’s first division in 2014 and reached the final last week after a victory against Argentina’s San Lorenzo.
So who exactly are they? Here’s everything you need to know:
1. The club was founded in 1973 as the goal of restoring football in the city of Chapeco.
2. In just four years of existence they won their first state title in 1977.
3. In 1978, the club competed for the first time in the Brazilian Championship First Level, finishing in the 51st position, and in following year, finished in the 93rd position.
4. In 2002, due to a partnership, Chapecoense was renamed to Associacao Chapecoense Kindermann/Mastervet. In 2006, the club was renamed back to its original name, Associacao Chapecoense de Futebol, and also won the Copa Santa Catarina.
1. Campeonato Catarinense: 5
2. Copa Santa Catarina: 1
3. Taca Santa Catarina: 1
4. Taca Plinio Arlindo de Nez: 1
5. Campeonato Seletivo: 1
6. opa da Paz: 1