Aircraft drop left dead, officials said.
Plane took off from Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia) with 81 people on board.
The LaMia plane prefix CP-2933 that crashed with the Chapecoense delegation, model Avro RJ85, is seen in a September 2015 archive photo in Norwich, England (Photo: Matt Varley / Reuters)
The plane carrying the Chapecoense delegation to Medellín, Colombia, which crashed early Tuesday (29) was almost 17 and British, according to the Spanish portal Airfleets, which gathers information on civil airlines from all over the world.
The aircraft, an Avro RJ-85, which was born as British Aerospace 146, was manufactured by British Aerospace and had four turbines. The aircraft was no longer manufactured in 2001, and websites specializing in air accidents on the internet say there may have been an electrical problem.
The LaMia aircraft, registration CP2933, took off from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, with 81 people on board: 72 passengers and 9 crew members.
Local radios say the same aircraft transported Argentina's national team to a match earlier this month in Brazil. Previously, it had transported the selection of Venezuela.
The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has been activated and evaluates its participation in the investigation of the accident and the searches.
Local officials say the crash killed 76 people. There are survivors. The LaMia plane, registration CP2933, took off from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, with 81 people on board: 72 passengers and 9 crew members.
According to local press, the aircraft with the Santa Catarina team lost contact with the control tower at 10:15 pm (local time, 1h15 Brasília) and fell as it approached José Maria Córdova Airport in Rionegro, near Medellin.
The players of the Santa Catarina team are goalkeepers Danilo and Follmann; The sides Gimenez, Dener, Alan Ruschel and Caramelo; The defenders: Marcelo, Filipe Machado, Thiego and Neto; The fliers: Josimar, Gil, Sérgio Manoel and Matheus Biteco; The socks Cleber Santana and Arthur Maia; And the attackers: Kempes, Ananias, Lucas Gomes, Tiaguinho, Bruno Rangel and Canela.
The first information is that of six people were rescued and taken to hospitals in the region. The mayor later spoke of five rescues. Among these survivors are side Alan Ruschel, who arrived at the health unit conscious, but in shock, and goalkeepers Danilo and Follmann. A journalist was also rescued alive. The local Fire Department, in turn, spoke of 10 people rescued.
The Emergency Operation Committee (COE) and the airport's management reported that the aircraft was declared in emergency due to technical failure at 22h (local) between the cities of Ceja and La Unión. Previously, the Colombian press reported a possible lack of fuel as the cause of the accident. But local media reported that the pilot dumped fuel after realizing that the plane would fall.
According to the Caracol TV network in Colombia, the aircraft disappeared from the radar between La Ceja and Abejorral.
An emergency operation was activated to take care of the accident. The Colombian Air Force deployed helicopters to aid rescue efforts, but flight missions were aborted this morning because of weather conditions. It rained heavily in the area on Monday night, which greatly reduced visibility.
Teams arrived at the accident site by land, but access to the mountainous region is difficult and removal is slow.
The Chapecoense team embarked for Colombia on Monday night (28) to play the first match of the South American Cup final against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday (30). Initially, the delegation embarked on a commercial flight from Sao Paulo to Bolivia. There, the group took a flight from LaMia.
In his profile on Twitter, Atletico Nacional lamented the accident and provided solidarity to Chapecoense: "National deeply regrets and sympathizes with @chapecoensereal by accident occurred and awaits information from the authorities."
The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has already announced that it has canceled the first game of the decision, scheduled for Wednesday.
LaMia (Mérida International Airline of Aviation) is an aviation company that was initially incorporated in Venezuela in 2009 and later moved its headquarters to Bolivia (Santa Cruz de la Sierra). The company has been developed for non-scheduled flights (charter), with the purpose of allowing the development of activities in the country and abroad, with large aircraft - passenger and cargo.