Players and staff of a Brazilian football team were among the victims of a plane crash on Monday night in Medellin, Colombia.
Six people are reported to have survived the incident, which reportedly occurred due to electrical failures.
The team involved was Brazilian First Division side Chapecoense Real, who were travelling to play in the South American Cup finals against Colombia’s Atletico Nacional.
“National police have arrived on the scene and all possible aid is being mobilized because six survivors are being reported,” the Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro airport said in a statement.
The club released a short statement earlier this morning, saying: “May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests traveling with our delegation.”
The South American Football Confederation, CONMEBOL has already cancelled the match, suspending the tournament and all other activities till further notice.
“All activities of the confederation are suspended until further notice,” Conmebol said.
Atletico Nacional also showed support via Twitter, saying it “profoundly laments and expresses solidarity with @chapelcoensereal for the accident that occurred.”