A total of 21 Brazilian journalists died as a result of the plane crash in central Colombia, the National Federation of Journalists said on Tuesday in a statement, Sputnik reported.
The passengers of the aircraft that crashed after disappearing in Colombian airspace included members of the Brazilian Chapecoense Real football team.
“Most journalists were from Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina and Sao Paulo, professionals in the sphere of sport journalism from newspapers, radio and TV, who must have covered the football match, died,” the statement said.
The National Federation of Journalists and trade unions expressed their condolences following the plane crash.
According to the Jose Maria Cordova International Airport, the plane crashed at 10 p.m. local time Monday (03:00 GMT Tuesday). The plane was operated by the Lamia Corporation airline. The crew reported an emergency situation during the flight citing power problems between the municipality of La Ceja and Union in the Antioquia department.
The Chapecoense Real football team was on the way to participate in the South American Cup final against Atletico Nacional in a game set for Wednesday. The game was suspended due to the incident.