A chartered aircraft with 81 people on board, including 22 players of a Brazilian first division soccer team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport.
A video shared on Associação Chapecoense de Futebol's Facebook page showed the players getting ready for the flight in Sao Paulo's Garulhos international airport.
Police confirmed 76 people were killed, and five survived. One of the dead initially survived the crash, but died in the hospital.
According to unconfirmed reports, three team members —Danilo, the team’s 31-year-old goalkeeper, Alan Ruschel and Jackson Follmann — are among the survivors.
Ruschel, who is reportedly being treated for severe injuries, shared the team's photos on social media before the plane took off.
Ruschel posted a video on snap chat with a team mate as well.
Football lovers are mourning this devastating news, calling it a "black day" for football.
My heart goes to the families of the #Chapecoense players and staffs that lost their lives in the plane crash— Etienne Obidaa (@Presido22) November 29, 2016
"Today the football has no color, has no shirt, has no anthem and no sign. Let's pray and hope for all,'' wrote one heartbroken fan.
Other football teams are paying tributes to the departed souls on Twitter.
“Strength @ChapecoenseReal! United in one heart! Flamengo and the nation are together with you!” tweeted one of the Brazilian team.
“Pray for Chapecoense and all the crew in this hard time. We are with you,” wrote another one.
Rezamos por Chapecoense y toda la tripulación, y los acompañamos en este duro momento. Todo el pueblo juniorista están con ustedes. pic.twitter.com/0nKcwbkEc9— Club Junior FC (@JuniorClubSA) November 29, 2016
All our support and solidarity is with the victims and the families affected by the @ChapecoenseReal tragedy in Colombia— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 29, 2016
Meanwhile Chapecoense fans have been gathering at the team’s stadium to support each other in this hard time.
Jogadores desolados no vestiário da Chapecoense pic.twitter.com/EWW7tp4Wik— DC Esportes (@esportesdc) November 29, 2016
Choro dos torcedores da Chapecoense ao receberem a notícia das mortes pic.twitter.com/TrRk8UFIgh— DC Esportes (@esportesdc) November 29, 2016
Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez said from the search and rescue command center, "What was supposed to be a celebration has turned into a tragedy."
"Chapecoense was the biggest source of happiness in the town," said Ivan Tozzo, Chapecoense football club’s vice president. "Many in the town are crying."