A chartered plane that crashed early this morning in Colombia left 76 people dead. Only five survived (the sixth survivor, a goalkeeper, passed away at the hospital.) The plane included pro-soccer players and journalists headed to the South American Cup finals. Here's what we know about this tragic accident.
The plane took off at 6:18 p.m. (local time) from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, heading to Medellin, but crashed near Rionegro, Colombia.
NPR reports that officials are not quite sure what made the plane go down. Some speculate it may have run out of fuel because the plane did not catch fire on impact.
The flight captains reportedly called in an electrical emergency right before the plane went down.
First responders attempted to do a search and rescue but initially were not able to enter the area via helicopters because of bad weather conditions.
Three soccer players, a flight attendant and a journalist were among the survivors, CNN reports.
Alejandro Martinuccio, a teammate from the Chapecoense team, wasn't on board because of an injury. He told Argentina's La Red radio, "I feel profound sadness."
"The only thing I can ask is prayers for the companions who were on the flight," he said.
"The pain is terrible. Just as we had made it, I will not say to the top, but to have national prominence, a tragedy like this happens," club vice-president Ivan Tozzo told Globo SportTV. "It is very difficult, a very great tragedy."