"The number of the deceased people will be quite high, we are talking about 25-27 people killed," the mayor said as quoted by the Blue Radio Colombia broadcaster.
According to the statement, the crew reported an emergency situation during the flight citing power problems between the municipality of the Ceja and the Union in the Antioquia department.
The passengers of the aircraft that crashed after disappearing in Colombian airspace included members of the Brazilian Chapecoense Real football team.
According to media reports, the 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 accident.