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76 dead, 5 survived in Colombia plane crash


Rescuers search for survivors from the wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, on November 29, 2016. A charter plane carrying the Brazilian football team crashed in the mountains in Colombia late Monday, killing as many as 75 people, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / Raul ARBOLEDA

Medellin: At least 76 people have been killed after a chartered plane carrying more than 80 people, including members of the Brazilian first division soccer team Chapocoense, heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, crashed on its way to Medellin’s international airport.

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According to a statement from Colombian aviation officials, an emergency was declared by the plane between the municipalities of La Ceja and La Union.

The crash took place in Cerro El Gordo near Medellin, CNN quoted officials, as saying.

Initially it was announced by the civil aviation agency that six passengers including three players, two crew members, and one journalist survived the crash but authorities said that one of them died on the way to the hospital.

Chapecoense and the Colombian club team Atletico Nacional were to play in the first leg of the South American Cup Finals on Wednesday.

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said in a statement that it has suspended all confederation activities following the accident.