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75 Dead, 6 Survive After Plane Carrying Brazilian Soccer Team Crashes Into Colombian Mountains (Video/Pics)

Chapecoense goalkeeper Danilo in Colombia plane crash called his wife moments before he

  • Plane carrying 81 including top flight Brazil football team Chapecoense has crashed in Colombia mountains
  • The aircraft crashed after taking off from a Bolivian airport amid reports of on board 'electrical problems'
  • Early reports suggest there are just five survivors from the crash including three Chapecoense players
  • The team were set to play Copa Sudamerica tournament final on Wednesday as part of a fairy tale season

A Brazilian footballer pulled from the wreckage of the Colombian air disaster made a heartbreaking last telephone call to his wife moments before he died, it has emerged.

Chapecoense goalkeeper Danilo was one of just seven people initially found alive in the mangled remains of the jet which crashed down on its way from Bolivia to the city of Medellin.

The 31-year-old was rushed for treatment after the crash, which claimed more than 70 lives, and spoke to his wife from his hospital bed - only to die from his injuries a short time later. Weeks earlier he had posted a picture of himself next to his wife who he described as 'my love'.

Separate images show him posing for selfies with fellow footballer Alan Ruschel, 27, during the journey from Brazil with Ruschel, 27, telling fans: 'We're coming Colombia.'

Ruschel was pulled alive from the wreckage along with goalkeeper Jacson Follmann, defender Helio Hermito Zampier Neto and passengers Rafael Correa Gobbato and Ximena Suarez, officials said.

Rescuers have started the grim task of removing bodies from the crash site as it emerged the pilot circled in a desperate attempt to burn off fuel before attempting to land.

The chartered plane, carrying the Brazilian football team, crashed outside Medellin killing 76 and leaving just six survivors - three of them players.

Brazilian footballer Danilo, who was pulled from the wreckage of the Colombian air disaster, made a heartbreaking last call to his wife before dying moments later in hospital, it has emerged

Brazilian footballer Danilo, who was pulled from the wreckage of the Colombian air disaster, made a heartbreaking last call to his wife before dying moments later in hospital, it has emerged

Pictures taken at the scene show rescue teams trying to find survivors and the crumpled remains of the team's plane

Rescue workers this morning continued the grim task of removing bodies from the crash site in the Colombian mountains

Rescue workers this morning continued the grim task of removing bodies from the crash site in the Colombian mountains

Images show two footballers, Defender Alan Ruschel (right) and goalkeeper Danilo Padilha (next to Ruschel), posing for selfies during the journey from Brazil with Ruschel, 27, telling fans: 'We’re coming Colombia'
Images show two footballers, Defender Alan Ruschel (right) and goalkeeper Danilo Padilha (next to Ruschel), posing for selfies during the journey from Brazil with Ruschel, 27, telling fans: 'We’re coming Colombia'

Images show two footballers, Defender Alan Ruschel (right in the two pictures) and goalkeeper Danilo Padilha (next to Ruschel), posing for selfies during the journey from Brazil with Ruschel, 27, telling fans: 'We're coming Colombia'. Both Ruschel and Danilo were pulled alive from the wreckage but Danilo later died in hospital

United for the last time, this is the Brazilian football team posing together in front of a passenger jet before their doomed flight crashed in Colombia, killing 76 on board

United for the last time, this is the Brazilian football team posing together in front of a passenger jet before their doomed flight crashed in Colombia, killing 76 on board

Emergency: Alan Ruschel is said to have suffered head injuries in the crash in the remote Colombian mountains

Emergency: Alan Ruschel is said to have suffered head injuries in the crash in the remote Colombian mountains

Medical staff from the San Juan de Dios hospital transfer 27-year-old Brazilian footballer Alan Ruschel after he as pulled alive from the wreckage of the crash

Medical staff from the San Juan de Dios hospital transfer 27-year-old Brazilian footballer Alan Ruschel after he as pulled alive from the wreckage of the crash

Flight path: Images posted online show the moment the plane disappeared from the radar

Flight path: Images posted online show the moment the plane disappeared from the radar over a remote part of Colombia. The pilot is understood to have circled to burn fuel before attempting to land

Heartbreaking images have also emerged online showing devastated players who were not travelling with the team sitting in the empty club changing room

Heartbreaking images have also emerged online showing devastated players who were not travelling with the team sitting in the empty club changing room

Team members had posed together for a picture in Bolivia ahead of take-off as they were travelling to Colombia for the biggest game in the club's history, the Copa Sudamerica final. But their journey came to a devastating end when the jet smashed into a hill and broke in two in remote mountains at about 10.15pm. 

The Avro RJ85 plane, which was carrying nine crew, suffered power failures while flying through the Antioquia Department on its way from Bolivia. The pilot is believed to have circled around before crash landing in a desperate bid to lose fuel and avoid an explosion on impact.

Just 20 days ago, the same plane had transported the Argentinian football team, including megastars Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria, to Belo Horizonte in Brazil, where they played Brazil in a World Cup qualifier match.

Heartbreaking images have since emerged online showing devastated players who were not travelling with the Chapecoense squad sitting in the club's empty changing room.  

There are reports that the team had to change their flight at short notice and board the doomed aircraft after Brazilian aviation authorities prevented them from taking a charter plane.

As officials revealed 25 bodies had already been recovered, rescue teams were forced to suspend their operations amid heavy rain in the mountainous region.

A video published on the Chapecoense Facebook page showed team members readying for their journey earlier on Monday in Sao Paulo's Guarulhos international airport. 

The wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team is seen after it crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo

The wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team is seen after it crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo

There are reports that the team had to change their flight and board the doomed aircraft after Brazilian aviation authorities prevented them from taking a charter plane

There are reports that the team had to change their flight and board the doomed aircraft after Brazilian aviation authorities prevented them from taking a charter plane

Crash site: Pictures show how the plane smashed into the side of a mountain after coming down close to the town of La Union

A police searcher looks through the wreckage of the plane as rescuers started to remove bodies from the site this morning

A police searcher looks through the wreckage of the plane as rescuers started to remove bodies from the site this morning

A rescuer walks past the body of a victim from the LAMIA airlines charter plane crash in the mountains of Cerro Gordo

Colombian authorities later said a sixth person was found alive revealing thatelio Hermito Zampier Neto, who is in the process of being evacuated, is confirmed

Colombian authorities later said a sixth person was found alive revealing that footballer Helio Hermito Zampier Neto, was in the process of being evacuated. He is pictured being treated by medics

Chapecoense was traveling on a chartered flight to play Colombian club Atletico Nacional in the Copa Sudamericana final when the plane crashed near Medellin

The team, from the small city of Chapeco, was in the middle of a fairy tale season. It joined Brazil's first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it last week to the Copa Sudamericana finals - the equivalent of the UEFA Europa League tournament - after defeating Argentina's San Lorenzo.

'May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation' the club said in a brief statement on its Facebook page. The players looked happy and relaxed as they waited for permission to board.

The mayor of La Ceja, a nearby town, said on local radio, citing firefighters, that at least 25 people had been killed in the crash and about five survivors had been rescued - but few official figures were yet available.

Ambulances ferrying survivors to hospital can only get to within 30 minutes walk of the spot where the plane has crashed near the town of La Unión, it has emerged. 

Rescuers on foot are having to stretcher survivors through fog which prevents them from seeing more than a few feet in front of them, local radio reported. They are then put into lorries which drive them another 700 metres to the waiting ambulances. 

The pilots and cabin crew on board the plane that crashed were all Bolivian while most of the passengers were Brazilian and about 40 were part of the Chapecoense delegation.

Images emerged online showing players in the cockpit posing for pictures with pilot Miquel Quiroga, who was believed to have been flying the doomed plane

Images emerged online showing players in the cockpit posing for pictures with pilot Miquel Quiroga, who was believed to have been flying the doomed plane

Paraguayan pilot Gustavo Encina
Pilot Miquel Quiroga

Paraguayan pilot Gustavo Encina (left) and co-pilot Miquel Quiroga (right) were on board the Bolivian Lamia plane

Pictures have emerged showing members of the crew of the doomed Bolivian aircraft

Pictures have emerged showing members of the crew of the doomed Bolivian aircraft

Chapecoense left back Dener Assunção posted this image of players on a flight on his Instagram account

Chapecoense left back Dener Assunção posted this image of players on a flight on his Instagram account

There are reports that 27-year-old defender Alan Ruschel (pictured) was one of just five survivors from the crash and is now being treated in hospital for a broken hip and head injuries

There are reports that 27-year-old defender Alan Ruschel (pictured) was one of just five survivors from the crash and is now being treated in hospital for a broken hip and head injuries

The Chapecoense football team are pictured here on a plane. The footballers had to change their flight and board the plane that crashed after Brazilian aviation authorities prevented them from taking a charter flight, it has been claimed

The Chapecoense football team are pictured here on a plane. The footballers had to change their flight and board the plane that crashed after Brazilian aviation authorities prevented them from taking a charter flight, it has been claimed

A video published on the Chapecoense Facebook page showed team members readying for the flight earlier on Monday in Sao Paulo's Guarulhos international airport

A video published on the Chapecoense Facebook page showed team members readying for the flight earlier on Monday in Sao Paulo's Guarulhos international airport

A picture posted on a fan site showed former Atletico Madrid player Cleber Santana, 35, on a plane before he was killed in the crash

A picture posted on a fan site showed former Atletico Madrid player Cleber Santana, 35, on a plane before he was killed in the crash

Brazilian aviation authorities said they had denied LaMia's request for a charter flight directly from Sao Paulo, saying only a Brazilian or Colombian company was allowed to operate the requested route

Brazilian aviation authorities said they had denied LaMia's request for a charter flight directly from Sao Paulo, saying only a Brazilian or Colombian company was allowed to operate the requested route

Rescue experts started to remove parts of the plane this morning as they worked to clear the scene of the disaster

Rescue experts started to remove parts of the plane this morning as they worked to clear the scene of the disaster

They included 20 players, the manager Caio Junior and four other members of his coaching team including an assistant manager, a personal trainer, a kinesiologist and a masseur who is said to be among the survivors.

The club's president and vice-president were also on board along with other club managers. The team were only about five minutes from their destination when they crashed.  

Among those believed to have perished on the flight to Medellin are dozens of sports journalists and well-known football commentators making their way to report on Chapecoense's history-making game. 

They include a six-strong team from FOX Sports, three reporters from Brazil's main Globo TV channel, among a total of 21 members of the media. 

Among the team from FOX, which was broadcasting the game, were famous commentators Devair Pascovicci and Mario Sergio, as well as respected football journalist Victorino Chermont. 

It also emerged Anderson Paixao, the trainer of both Chapecoense and the Brazilian national side, is among those not accounted for. 

THE AVRO RJ85 PLANE THAT FIRST FLEW IN 1999

The plane that crashed was an Avro RJ85, produced by a company that is now part of UK's BAE Systems (formerly British Aerospace).

Its registration is CP-2933 and records show the plane first flew in March 1999. 

From 1999 to 2007, it was owned by Mesaba Aviation in the US before it was transferred. It was then in the hands of CityJet, before being taken over by Bolivian airline LAMIA in October 2013.

In 2014, part of a wing on a RJ85 aircraft became partially detached as it left from London City Airport to Florence. After climbing to 3,000 feet, the aircraft returned to London City and a new plane was readied.  

Production of the RJ series ended in 2002 with 170 planes built in total.

Pictured is the plane that crashed in Colombia on Monday night after reportedly suffering power failures

Pictured is the plane that crashed in Colombia on Monday night after reportedly suffering power failures

The RJ85 can hold up to 112 people, but the more typical seating arrangement was for 85 passengers.   

According to data from Flightradar, it had flown around 1848 miles from the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz.

The RJ85's range is around 1842 miles when equipped with standard fuel tanks, according to Airliners.net.

Alfredo Bocanegra, the head of Colombia's civil aviation agency, said communication with Bolivian aviation officials suggested the plane was experiencing electrical problems. 

However, he added that investigators would have to look into reported testimony from a female flight attendant who said the plane had run out of fuel.

It has also been revealed the Argentinian national team, which included Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, used the same aircraft to travel to their World Cup qualifier against Brazil a fortnight ago, which they lost 3-0. 

Anderson had first been called up to train Brazil stars such as Neymar and David Luiz last year for the Copa America in Chile. 

His colleague, Chapecoense's physio Rafael Gobbato is also believed to be among the dead. 

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the new mayor-elect of Chapeco escaped the doomed flight - despite being on the list of those on board. Luciano Bulligon had planned to join his town's team for their crucial match but changed his mind at the last minute, saying his schedule was too full. 

And Chapecoence player Alejandro Martinuccio has revealed how an injury is likely to have saved his life.

The Argentine forward wasn't able to play in the scheduled match in Colombia, so he wasn't on the team plane that crashed Monday night in Colombia, killing most of those aboard. He told Argentina's La Red radio that 'I was saved because I got injured.'

'I feel profound sadness,' he said. 'The only thing I can ask is prayers for the companions who were on the flight.'

Rescue teams search for survivors after Columbia plane crash

Rescuers have faced difficulty reaching the remote crash sites with stretchers being carried down to waiting ambulances

Shocking images showed passengers being rescued from the scene of the crash including Brazilian journalist Rafael Henze

Shocking images showed passengers being rescued from the scene of the crash including Brazilian journalist Rafael Henze

Defender Alan Ruschel (pictured on a stretcher) and goalkeeper Danilo Padilha from the top Brazilian side Chapecoense posed for a short video on board a passenger plane as Ruschel, 27, told fans: 'We’re coming Colombia.'
Nearby hospitals have been placed on 'maximum alert' and are preparing for injured passengers to be treated

Statistics from planespotters.net show that the regional plane has had several owners since. 

From 1999 to 2007, it was owned by Mesaba Aviation in the U.S. before it was transferred. The plane has been in the hands of Bolivian airline LAMIA since October 2013.

British Aerospace, which is now known as BAE Systems, says that the first 146 plane took off in 1981 and that just under 400 - including its successor Avro RJ - were built in total in the U.K. through November 2003.

It says around 220 of are still in service in a variety of roles, including aerial firefighting and overnight freight services.

There are reports that the plane was 17 years old and that the team had taken the charter flight out of Bolivia when Brazilian aviation authorities barred the club from chartering a Bolivian plane direct from Sau Paulo to Medellin.

A post on the Instagram account of player Filipe Machado (left) showed a picture of an aircraft and a message saying: 'Already in Bolivia, now we're going direct to Medellin, Colombia'

The commander of the Fire Department of La Union reported that five people were being treated at the scene, while the Medellin airport said there were just five survivors

The chartered aircraft with 81 people on board, including Brazilian first division soccer team Chapecoense which was heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport

Instead they had to take a commercial flight to Santa Cruz de La Sierra in Bolivia, where they got the plane that crashed, reports in Brazil have claimed.

Hugo Botero Lopez, mayor of La Union, told Colombian newspaper El Tiempo: 'There are firemen from La Union, Rionegro, El Carmen de Vibroal, La Ceja, there are more than 90 lifeguards, but it is not easy to get people who are alive.' 

'It's a tragedy of huge proportions,' Medellin's Mayor Federico Gutierrez told Blu Radio on his way to the site in a mountainous area outside the city where the chartered aircraft is believed to have crashed shortly before midnight local time.

HOW CHAPECOENSE WERE DENIED PERMISSION TO FLY DIRECT TO COLOMBIA

Chapecoense had wanted to fly direct from Sao Paulo to Medellin but were barred from doing so because only a Brazilian or Colombian company was allowed to operate the requested route, it has emerged.

The pilot of the doomed flight, Mick Quiroga, asked Luciano Buligon, mayor of the club's city, Chapeco, whether he could intervene to allow the direct route to go ahead rather than having to stop off in Bolivia.

The mayor checked with the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) who confirmed that this route had been denied.

The pilot of the doomed flight, Mick Quiroga (pictured), asked Luciano Buligon, mayor of the club's city, Chapeco, whether he could intervene to allow the direct route to go ahead rather than having to stop off in Bolivia

The pilot of the doomed flight, Mick Quiroga (pictured), asked Luciano Buligon, mayor of the club's city, Chapeco, whether he could intervene to allow the direct route to go ahead rather than having to stop off in Bolivia

Instead, the team took a commercial flight from Sao Paulo to Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia to pick up the LaMia flight which was being piloted by Quiroga.

In the conversation Quiroga said: 'I have hired a Bolivian air plane to take us from Sao Paulo Guarulhos to Santa Cruz. I'll be waiting here in Santa Cruz. This flight leaves 15:00 local time in São Paulo, but what about the process for the other application to leave from Sao Paulo, because we had approval before to enter through Foz do Iguacu and go to Chapeco (on a previous trip). Please mayor gives us some help here for us to enter.' 

Chapecoense flew the first leg of their journey with BoA a Bolivian operator. When they reached, Bolivia, the passengers changed to the LaMia aircraft. 

Local media in Colombia are reporting that a male passenger has arrived in an ambulance to a hospital near Medellin.

Blu Radio said the passenger arrived on a stretcher with an oxygen mask and covered in a blanket. He appeared to be alive.

Emergency crews arrived to find bodies lying on the ground among the wreckage of the aircraft, which was carrying 81 people

HOW CHAPECOENSE PLAYERS WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF A FAIRY TALE SEASON

Why were Chapecoense heading to Colombia?

Chapecoense were due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana on Wednesday, which is South America's secondary club competition - an equivalent to the Europa League in Europe.

They were going to face Colombian side Atletico Nacional in the first match of the two-legged final. A video was uploaded by the club to social media showing the players heading on to the flight.

Chapecoense edged Argentinian side San Lorenzo 1-1 on away goals in the semi-final to become the first Brazilian club to reach a major final in South America since 2013.

After the victory, they were described as 'an unglamorous but growing club' by ESPN.

When were Chapecoense formed?

Chapecoense are a relatively young club, formed in 1973 in the city of Chapeco, in south Brazil.

Their stadium, Arena Conda in Santa Catarina, holds 22,600.

Chapecoense would have had to have played the second leg of the Copa Sudamericana final at an alternative venue because CONMEBOL, South America's equivalent to UEFA, state the final must be played at a venue holding at least 40,000 spectators.

They are managed by Caio Junior, who has played and coached extensively across Brazil.

The team joined Brazil's first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it last week to the Copa Sudamericana finals - the equivalent of the UEFA Europa League tournament - after defeating Argentina's San Lorenzo

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Comment by fitzroy johnson on November 30, 2016 at 7:41pm

my tough and prayer go out to all the

family

Comment by Sharon Gil on November 29, 2016 at 2:25pm

Godspeed....sincerest condolences to all involved!

Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on November 29, 2016 at 12:06pm
That's seriously a tuff break on our tribal people,

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