Plane carrying football players from Brazil crashes in Colombia

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Nov 29 2016 02:29 PM | Updated as of Nov 29 2016 06:41 PM

BOGOTA, Colombia — Three players from Brazil's Chapecoense football team have survived a plane crash in Colombia that killed 76 people, Colombian authorities said on Tuesday.

Players Alan Luciano Ruschel, Marcos Danilo Padilha and Jacson Ragnar Follmann were listed as survivors in a statement from the disaster management agency.

Passengers Rafael Correa Gobbato and Ximena Suarez also survived.

All five were being treated at hospitals near the crash site.

"Six people were rescued alive, but unfortunately one died. The rest of the occupants unfortunately died. The tragic toll is 76 victims," Jose Gerardo Acevedo, regional police commander, told journalists.

The club said in a statement that it would not be making any official comments until it had more information from Colombian authorities about Monday night's crash.

A plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team crashed late Monday near the Colombian city of Medellin.

Poor weather conditions made the crash site accessible only by road, airport authorities at Medellin, where the plane was scheduled to land, said on social network Twitter.

Colombian news broadcaster Noticias Caracol tweeted a photo of the accident, "the first images of the crashed plane," it said.

The football team was due to play in a final for the South American Cup in Medellin, 245 kilometers from the capital, Bogota, on Wednesday.

It was the first time the small club from Chapeco had reached the final of a major South American club competition but they were underdogs against a club going for a rare double after winning the Copa Libertadores in July.

Chapecoense was the 21st biggest club in Brazil in terms of revenue, bringing in 46 million reais ($13.5 million) in 2015, according to an annual rich list compiled by Brazilian bank Itau BBA.

The South American football federation suspended all games and other activities early on Tuesday after the crash.

The federation, CONMEBOL, said its president, Alejandro Dominguez, was on his way to Medellin, near the crash site.

"All federation activities are suspended until further notice," it added in a statement on its website. Chapecoense had been due to face Atletico Nacional of Medellin in the first leg of Wednesday's Sudamericana final.

With reports from Agence France-Presse and Reuters