A chartered plane carrying 72 players and support staff of Brazilian football team- Chapecoense football team and nine crew members from Bolivia, crashed Tuesday morning on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia.
Details are unclear but some reports say there are six survivors in the crash near Rionegro, Colombia, a mountainous area outside the city shortly before midnight local time.
Chapecoense players played their 2016 Copa Sudamericana semifinal second leg football match on November 23 and were due to play the Colombian club team Atletico Nacional in the South American cup Finals on Wednesday.
The match has been suspended.
Nacional in a tweet reacting to the crash said it “deeply regrets and is in solidarity with Chapecoense for the accident that occurred is awaiting for more information from the authorities.”
What happened to the plane with licence number CP2933 is still a mystery, but reports say the wounded were being transported to assistance centers.
CNN’c Michael Guy noted the likelihood of turbulence due to intermittent thunderstorms and winds from around the mountains in the region.
The plane declared an emergency between the municipalities of La Ceja and La Union, according to a statement from Colombian aviation officials.
Satellite images, according to CNN show that scattered showers and thunderstorms have been present in the region over the last 12 hours — though no big weather makers.
A statement from nearby Jose Maria Cordova airport says the accident site can only be accessed by land because of weather conditions.
The Colombian Air Force reportedly had to abort a mission to the accident site due to inclement weather.