On late Monday night, a Brazilian soccer team boarded a chartered flight out of Colombia. British Aerospace 146 aircraft was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew members when it crashed Medellin, killing dozens. While reports have varied, it appears as if there are only six survivors of the crash, including star Chapecoense defender Alan Rusche. Rusche arrived at the hospital alert and talking.
At about 10 p.m., the plane experience electrical failure and started falling out of the sky. Before crashing, airport officials report the crew declared an emergency.
Chapecoense was in the middle of a fairytale season and were about to play in the Copa Sudamericana finals against Medellin's Atletico Nacional on Wednesday. After learning of the incident, the team issued the following statement:
"Chapecoense Football Club, through its vice president Ivan Tozzo, reserves the right to wait for the official announcement from the Colombian air authority, in order to issue any official note about the accident. God be with our athletes, management, journalists and other guests who are with the delegation."
The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has suspended all matches until further notice.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Chapecoense Football Club.