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Plane Carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense Football Team Crashes; Many Feared Dead

Published on 29 November, 2016 at 2:49 pm By

A major plane crash in Medellin, Colombia has reportedly claimed lives of 75 people including members of top Brazilian Football team Chapecoense.

 

The plane, which had 81 passengers aboard, crashed while it was approaching the city of Medellin for landing.

According to reports, there are six to ten people who might have survived the crash but few are said to be in critical condition.

 


While the cause of the plane crash is still unknown, the plane had earlier reported electrical problems.

The plane was flying from Bolivia to Medellin and was carrying members of the Chapecoense football team who were due to play Medellin’s Atletico Nacional team in the final of the Copa Sudamericana.

They team is yet to issue an official statement.


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Since the news of the crash, the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) have suspended “all activities” till further notice.

 


The Chapecoense football team belonged to the southern city of Chapeco in Brazil and was promoted to Brazil’s first division team back in 2014.

They had reached the final of Copa Sudamericana last week after they won their match against Argentina’s San Lorenzo.

 

According to reports, the charter flight was a British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, which was being operated by Bolivian charter airline Lamia.

The plane had 72 passengers and nine crew abroad and crashed in Cerro Gordo shortly before midnight local time.

 

An airport press release has said that the plane was reporting an electrical fault to the control tower just before it crashed.

The statement also said that all possible aid was being mobilised because six survivors have been reported, but due to poor weather the crash site can only be accessed via land as it’s in a mountainous area.

They are hopeful of finding more survivors as there was no fire on impact.

 


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