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Plane With Brazilian Footballers Crashes In Columbia, Killing More Than 70

RJR News / A plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia early Tuesday morning.

Colombia’s civil aviation body says only six people survived the crash, blamed on an electrical fault.

The chartered aircraft, flying from Brazil via Bolivia, was carrying members of the Chapecoense team, along with specially invited guests and more than 20 journalists.

The team had been due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional.

Organisers say Atletico Nacional has asked for Chapecoense to be awarded the cup.

A statement by Fox Sports Latin America said that six employees from its Brazil operation died in the crash.

Brazilian President Michel Temer announced three days of national mourning, and top Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona held a minute’s silence at the beginning of their practice sessions.

Chapecoense issued a brief statement saying: “May God be with our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation.”

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