Passengers on the charter flight included players from the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense
The Avro RJ85 was en route from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to Medellin when it crashed near Rionegro, Colombia, civil aviation officials said. 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.
At least three soccer players, two crew members and one journalist survived, authorities said.
Among them: defender Alan Luciano Ruschel.
The plane took off from Bolivia’s Viru Viru International Airport at 6:18 p.m. local time, according to air controller Manuel Palamas.
Officials didn’t specify what happened to the plane but said the wounded were being transported to medical centers.
Images of the crash show what appear to be damaged parts of the plane.
The aviation department’s statement said that passengers belonged to the Chapecoense team.
Tattered debris emblazoned with the club’s logo was photographed at the crash site.