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Plane Carrying Brazilian Soccer Team Chapecoense Crashes, Killing 76

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Five survivors, 76 killed on plane carrying Chapecoense

Medellin, Colombia – A chartered plane with a Brazilian first division soccer team Chapecoense crashed near Medellin while on its way to the finals of Copa Sudamericana, killing 75 people, five people survived, the Associated Press reports.

The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a charter airline named LaMia, declared an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10pm Monday  because of an electrical failure, aviation authorities said.

The aircraft, which had departed from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was transporting the Chapecoense soccer team from southern Brazil for the first leg Wednesday of a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin.

Gen. Jose Acevedo, the head of police in the mountainous area of jungle where the jet came down, confirmed the deaths to reporters early Tuesday. “Six people were rescued alive, but unfortunately one died,” he added.

Poor weather conditions had been reported at the time of the crash. At one point, rescue operations were suspended due to heavy rain.

Chapecoense joined Brazil’s first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and last week qualified for the Copa Sudamericana finals — the equivalent of the UEFA Europa League tournament — after defeating Argentina’s San Lorenzo squad.

Their best-known player was Cleber Santana, a midfielder whose best years were spent in Spain with Athletico Madrid and Mallorca.

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