Colombia Plane Crash: 6th Survivor Found Under Fuselage

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NEAR MEDELLIN, Colombia — [Breaking news update, posted at 7:13 a.m. ET]

Authorities say they’ve found a sixth survivor of a plane crash in Colombia. The man was found under the fuselage, according to Mauricio Parodi, a local disaster official.

Medellin Mayor Federico Gutiérrez says 75 people were killed in the crash and six people were injured.

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Seventy-six people are confirmed dead following a plane crash outside Medellin, Colombia.

A charter plane carrying 72 passengers — including players from Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense — crashed near Rionegro, Colombia, according to the country’s civil aviation department. Nine crew members were also on board.

The plane declared an emergency between the municipalities of La Ceja and La Union, according to a statement from Colombian aviation officials. The crash occurred in an area called Cerro El Gordo near Medellin, officials said.

The civil aviation agency had initially announced that six passengers — three players, two crew members, and one journalist — survived the crash. Authorities told CNN en Español’s Fernando Ramos over the phone that one of those survivors died on the way to the hospital.

At least two soccer players and one crew member survived, authorities said. Chapecoense players Alan Luciano Ruschel and Jackson Ragnar Follmann survived, as did crew member Ximena Suarez. Authorities did not immediately release the names of the other two survivors.

“Thank you my god,” Alissen Ruschel, Alan’s wife, wrote in an Instagram post after the crash. “…God bless and give all family members strength.”

What happened?

The plane took off from Bolivia’s Viru Viru airport at 6:18 p.m. local time, according to air controller Manuel Palamas.

Officials didn’t specify what happened to the plane but did say that the wounded were being transported to medical centers.

But images of the incident show what appear to be damaged parts of the plane.

The aviation department’s statement said that passengers belonged to a Brazilian soccer team called Chapecoense.

Tattered debris emblazoned with the club’s logo was also photographed at the crash site.

The mayor of nearby Medellin said on Twitter that he is on his way to the accident site.

“The important thing here seeing that there might be survivors, it’s saving lives. That’s first and foremost,” Mayor Federico Gutierrez said. “We’re here supporting them on this very very sad story. They have our solidarity, so do their families, their friends, their countries. “