Colombian officials now say 71 people are dead following an early morning plane crash involving a charter flight carrying a Brazilian soccer team. Initially officials said seventy-five people had died but now they say it turns out four fewer people were on board the aircraft at the time of the crash.
Tonight, they are also confirming that six of the eighty-one people on the plane survived the crash.
Fox News correspondent Phil Keating is monitoring the latest developments.
The international soccer world is now in mourning…
La union, Colombia:
After a plane crashes…carrying a Brazilian soccer team…
Along with team staff…and journalists.
southern brazil’s “chapecoense” team – was headed to the biggest match in its history…
When their charter flight crashed into a hillside in Columbia…
Ivan Tozzo / chapecoense soccer team vice president:
“it is difficult, when I received the news I thought it was a bad dream.”
The team was heading to Medellin, Colombia, to play in the Sudamericana finals, a huge match for the entire south American continent.
Twenty-one journalists were also onboard, including six of our colleagues from fox sports brazil.
Luciano Fontanari / chapecoense fan:
“the whole team left us in such a way, there is nothing to say.”
Before the crash – the crew declared an emergency…and the plane lost radar contact.
Investigators have been looking at two possible causes:
an onboard electrical issue…
And a possibility the plane may have run out of fuel.
Augusto Varela / director, civil aeronautics department of Bolivia:
“it left Bolivian soil in perfect condition.”
“after that the civil aeronautics departments from the adjacent regions are in charge of investigating.”
Meantime, Medellin’s Atletico national…
The team that the crash victims were set to play…say they now want the South American championship… Awarded to chapecoense team.
This, as the Brazilian team’s goalie – Marcos Danilo – was reportedly able to call his wife…in the moments before he died.
In Miami, Phil Keating, Fox News.