British Aerospace 146, flying from Brazil to Colombia, carrying the entire Chapecoense soccer team of the Brasileirão league, the top soccer league in Brazil, crashed early Tuesday morning. 76 of the 81 passengers have been confirmed dead by local authorities.
The team was due to play in the Copa Sudamericana final, the second highest club competition in South American soccer, against Atletico Nacional of Medellin, with the first leg scheduled to begin Wednesday. Conmebol, the South American Football Confederation, has suspended all activities until further notice.
It was first reported that six individuals survived the crash, but one died later in the hospital. Among the five survivors are two members of the club, defender Alan Ruschel and goalkeeper Jackson Follman.
It has not yet been announced what caused the crash, but heaving rain and thunderstorms hit the area in the hours just prior to the tragedy. FlightRadar24.com has data that shows the plane circling, before disappearing in the mountainous south of Rio Negro.
Chapecoense had joined the top division in Brazilian soccer for the first time in over thirty years in 2014 and qualified for the South American equivalent to the UEFA Europa League tournament.