Brazilian Football Team Chapecoense Plane Crash: 5 Survivors Reported

An aircraft with 81 people on board, including a Brazilian football team, crashed in central Colombia, and rescuers are moving survivors from the site, the country's civil aviation association said on its website on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Colombian Police just confirmed that one of the six survivors died in hospital. The death toll, according to Radio Caracol, now stands at 76.


The Chapecoense football team was among the 72 passengers and 9 crew on board the charter aircraft when it crashed around 10 p.m.

Poor weather conditions made the crash site accessible only by road, airport authorities at Medellin, where the plane was scheduled to land, said on social network Twitter.

It confirmed the plane was carrying the soccer team, who were due to play in a final for the South American Cup in Medellin, 245 km (153 miles) from the capital, Bogota. 

The team was due to play in the final of the South American club cup against Medellin team Atletico Nacional.

The game has now been suspended.

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