76 dead, five survive after plane carrying Brazil football players crashes in Colombia

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| Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 22:02
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Bogota: A plane carrying 72 passengers which included the Chapecoense FC squad from Brazil and 9 other crew members on board crashed in Colombia on Monday night.

Of the 81 passengers, 76 bodies have been recovered and 5 people have been rescued alive, as per aviation authorities.

The plane crashed en route to Jose Maria Cordova International Airport in Rionegro, 45 minutes away from Medellin. The reason for the crash has been ascertained as fuel shortage, reports said.

The passengers were being evacuated from the scene, La Union fire department commander said.

Alan Ruschel, a defender for Chapecoense, was among the survivors and being treated at a nearby hospital. He was taken for radiology examination in stable condition.

Ruschel was in shock but was conscious and speaking, and asked to keep his wedding ring and speak to his family, a report said.
 
Goalkeepers Marcos Danilo and Jakson Follmann also survived, along with physiologist Rafael Gobbato.
 
"The plane broke in two and the situation is complex," aviation authorities said in a statement.
 
The flight had originated in southern Brazil but made a stop in Santa Cruz in Bolivia before travelling to Colombia.
 
The same plane had previously transported the national teams of Argentina and Venezuela.

Brazil’s local club football side Chapecoense FC were travelling to play a Copa Sudamericana finals match against Colombia’s Atletico Nacional.

After learning of the crash, the South American football confederation CONMEBOL said the football tournament has been suspended, El Universo reported.

 

 

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