Photos: plane carrying 81 people, including Brazilian footballers, crashes in Colombia - six survive

At least six survivors have been rescued after a chartered plane carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense Real football team crashed in Colombia. Authorities have said they are hoping to find more survivors as the plane’s engine did not explode.

“It’s a tragedy of huge proportions,” Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez told Blu Radio on his way to the site in a mountainous area outside the city where aircraft crashed.

Aviation authorities said the British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a Bolivian charter airline named Lamia, declared an emergency at 10 p.m. Monday (0300 GMT) due to an electrical failure.