Only five out of 81 people have survived after a chartered aircraft carrying a top Brazilian football team crashed in Colombia.

The BAe 146 operated by Bolivian charter airline Lamia and carrying 72 passengers and nine crew, crashed in Cerro Gordo in the municipality of La Union shortly before midnight local time.

The aircraft, flying to Medelin airport, had reported an electrical fault to the control tower, according to latest reports.

Poor weather meant that the crash site, in a mountainous area, was only accessible by land.

The aircraft was taking the Chapecoense football team to play a cup match in Medellin tomorrow.