>> Just moments before crashing, the pilot of the plane carrying Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team radioed that he was running out of fuel and needed to make an emergency landing. That, according to a recording of his final communications. Meanwhile, investigations are underway on the Columbia plane crash that killed 71, and all about wiped out the Chapecoense soccer team on their way to what was supposed to be the biggest game in its history.
Reuters Julia Symmes Cobb visited the crash site.>> Some of the wreckage was cordoned off and not visible to reporters on the scene, but we could see the tail of the airplane there on the mountaintop on the summit of one of the nearby mountains by the crash. And many of the residents told us that they were awakened or disturbed in the evening by the sound of the crash, though they couldn't see where the plane had fallen because it was so foggy and dark.
>> Only six people survived the crash, of them three soccer players.>> One has had a leg amputated, the other is in stable condition after a surgery for a fracture on his back.>> One of the survivors who walked away with only bruises told Columbia's radio Caracol, quote, many passengers got up from their seats and started yelling.
I put the bag between my legs and went into the fetal position, as recommended. By late Tuesday, rescuers had recovered most of the bodies. Soccer nation Brazil declared three days of mourning. In Chapeco, fans gathered around the team's Conda Stadium, hanging banners and flowers at a makeshift memorial.
The club is planning an open wake at their stadium by Saturday. Matches were canceled around South America in remembrance. There would be competitors in Medellin asking that Chapecoense be awarded the trophy of the South America Cup championship match that will never be played.