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Airplane carrying Brazilian pro football players crashes in Colombia

A plane carrying Brazilian pro football players has crashed in Colombia. A plane that left Bolivia with 72 passengers crashed on its path to the Medellin international airport.

The Colombia police have confirmed that there are 5 survivors. Aviation authorities had said earlier that there appear to be survivors.

According to dw.com, Colombian authorites on Tuesday responded to an emergency after a plane carrying the Brazilian football team Chapecoense crashed en route to Medellin in Colombia. Jose Maria Cordova airport said on Twitter that there "appear to be survivors, the website also reported.

Brazil's Chapecoense football team had been due to play Atletico Nacional for the Copa Sudamerica finals in Medellin.

Medellin's international airport said on its Twitter account that the aircraft had departed from Bolivia.

Colombian authorities said rescuers were removing survivors from the crash site. The Medellin airport said the crash site could only be reached overland because of bad weather in the area. The aircraft is said to have crashed in an area called Cerro Gordo. Reports suggest that the plane ran out of fuel.

Story first published: Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 11:23 [IST]
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