BREAKING: Plane carrying Brazilian club players crashes in Colombia


An airplane carrying 81 people, including members of a Brazilian football club, crashed late Monday near the Colombian city of Medellin.

Officials say the plane went down after reporting “electrical failures,”.

A mayor near the crash site reported that about six people had survived including a 25-year old.

Members of Chapecoense Real, a Brazilian football club that was supposed to play against Colombia’s Atletico Nacional Wednesday in the South American Cup finals, were among the 72 passengers and nine crew on board, officials said.

It was the first time the small club from Chapeco had ever 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.