Plane carrying top Brazilian football team crashes killing 76 people

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Plane carrying top Brazilian football team crashes killing 76 people

Wreckage of the plane which came down in Colombia (Picture: EPA)

A plane carrying 81 people including a Brazilian football team has crashed killing 76 people in Colombia.

The plane came down in Colombia on its approach to Medellin international airport.

The Chapecoense team had a team of 48 people on board accompanied by at least 21 journalists on their way to a regional tournament.

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A local police chief said they were looking at 75 deaths and just six survivors while the search has been suspended. That figure was later revised when one person died en route to hospital.

Medellin’s mayor Federico Gutierrez said it was ‘a tragedy of huge proportions’ as he made his way to the site in a mountainous area outside the city where the chartered aircraft crashed shortly before midnight local time on Monday.

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epa05651671 Medical staff from the San Juan de Dios hospital transfer 27-year-old Brazilian soccer player Alan Ruschel as he arrives to La Ceja in Colombia on 29 November 2016, after surviving a plane crash. Ruschel is said to be the first survivor after a plane reportedly carrying 81 people, including the players of the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense, crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin as it was approaching the Jose Maria Cordoba airport. The cause of the incident is yet unknown. The Chapecoense were scheduled to play in the Copa Sudamericana final against the Medellin

Footballer Alan Ruschel pictured arriving at La Ceja hospital after surviving the plane crash (Picture: EPA)

epa05651700 Medical staff from the San Juan de Dios hospital transfer Brazilian journalist Rafael Henze as he arrives at La Ceja in Colombia on 29 November 2016, after surviving a plane crash. Survivor figures have not yet been released after a plane reportedly carrying 81 people, including the players of the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense, crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin as it was approaching the Jose Maria Cordoba airport. The cause of the incident is yet uknown. The Chapecoense were scheduled to play in the Copa Sudamericana final against the Medellin

Journalist Rafael Henze survived the crash (Picture: EPA)

epa05651672 Medical staff from the San Juan de Dios hospital transfer 27-year-old Brazilian soccer player Alan Ruschel as he arrives to La Ceja in Colombia, 29 November 2016, after surviving a plane crash. Ruschel is said to be the first survivor after a plane reportedly carrying 81 people, including the players of the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense, crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin as it was approaching the Jose Maria Cordoba airport. The cause of the incident is yet unknown. The Chapecoense were scheduled to play in the Copa Sudamericana final against the Medellin

Ruschel is believed to be one of six survivors (Picture: EPA)

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A screengrab showing some of the wreckage from the plane (Picture: MiOriente)

Ambulances have been struggling to get to the scene with a 30 minute walk from the nearest access point.

They are battling through thick fog and the pitch black to get to the site. It is around 5°C in the area so hypothermia is a concern.

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Once they eventually get them to the access point they are having to put people into lorries to carry them another 700 metres to the waiting ambulances.

Some lorries have got stuck but witnesses say they have seen five rescues so far.

At least one person has died en route to the hospital.

The football club said on Facebook: ‘May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation,’ the club said in a brief statement on its Facebook page.

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A football team badge that was found among the wreckage

epa05651621 A picture dated 23 November 2016 and made available on 29 November 2016 shows players of the Brazilian Chapecoense soccer team before their semifinal match of the South American Cup, at the Conda Arena of Chapeco, Brazil. A plane reportedly carrying 81 people, including the players of the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense, has crashed on 29 November 2016. The plane was said to have crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin as it was approaching the Jose Maria Cordoba airport, media said. The cause of the incident is yet uknown. The Chapecoense were scheduled to play in the Copa Sudamericana final against the Medellin

The Brazilian Chapecoense football team was involved (Picture: EPA)

Authorities and rescuers were immediately activated but an air force helicopter had to turn back because of low visibility.

They urged journalists to stay away from the hard-to-access zone and stay off the roads to facilitate the entry of ambulances and rescuers. The area has been hit by heavy rains in recent days.

An ambulance transporting a male passenger with oxygen and covered in a blanket arrived on a stretcher to a local hospital, Blu Radio reported. He was apparently alive.

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One of the ambulances at the scene of the crash (Picture: Noticias Caracol)









Aviation authorities said the aircraft, a British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane operated by a Bolivian charter airline named Lamia, declared an emergency at 10pm on Monday (3am GMT) due to an electrical failure.

Authorities and rescuers were immediately activated but an air force helicopter had to turn back due to low visibility.

The aircraft, which made a stop in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was was taking the Chapecoense football team from southern Brazil.

Final footage before the team took the flight.









The team was due to play on Wednesday in the first of a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin.

One of the first known survivors is defender Alan Ruschel who was taken to La Ceja Hospital with a broken hip and head injuries.

The plane was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew members.

A video published on the team’s Facebook page showed players readying for the flight earlier on Monday in Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos international airport.

The team, from the small city of Chapeco, joined Brazil’s first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it to the Copa Sudamericana finals last week by defeating Argentina’s legendary San Lorenzo squad.