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Plane carrying Brazilian first division football team crashes in Colombia

Reports say, the crashed aircraft made a stop in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was transporting the first division Chapecoense soccer team to Colombia for a regional tournament final.

Nov 29, 2016 17:22 IST
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Plane-Carrying-Brazilian-football-team-crashes=An aeroplane carrying 81 people on board including Brazilian first division soccer team crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport. The Brazilian soccer team was travelling to Colombia for a regional tournament final.

The cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained.

As per reports, about 25 bodies have been recovered from the site of the air crash, while five people were rescued alive. Three players are among the five survivors.

According to Medellin's airport officials, the aircraft, which embarked from Bolivia, was transporting the Chapecoense soccer team from southern Brazil, which was scheduled to play the Copa Sudamericana finals against Atletico Nacional on 30 November 2016 in Medellin.

Reports say the British Aerospace 146 plane declared an emergency at 10 pm on 28 November 2016 due to an electrical failure. This short-haul plane was operated by a Bolivian charter airline named Lamia.

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