75 Dead After Plane Carrying A Brazilian Soccer Team Crashes In Colombia

Eighty-one people were aboard the flight when it crashed on its way to Medellin’s international airport. There were six survivors.

when a plane crashed in La Ceja, Colombia, on its way to Medellin’s international airport on Monday night, police said.

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Gen. Jose Acevado, head of police for the greater Medellin area, said six people on the flight survived, according to the Associated Press.

According to police in Antioquia, 65 bodies have been recovered from the debris, and 63 have been transported to Medellin.

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Later, a seventh passenger was rescued alive from the wreckage, but authorities told the AP that one of the initial six survivors, Chapecoense goalkeeper Danilo, died en route to the hospital.

The charter aircraft took off from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and was carrying nine crew and 72 passengers, including members of the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense. The team was set to play in the Copa Sudamericana finals against Atletico Nacional in Medellin on Wednesday.

Fox Sports announced that six of its Brazilian employees were aboard the flight. It is unclear how many of the Fox Sports workers survived the crash.

In an English version of the statement — which was signed by executive co-chairmen Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch, and CEO James Murdoch — the company said that it had set up a fund to honor their colleagues.

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In a statement on its Facebook page, Chapecoense said it would not release details on the crash until further information was provided by the Colombian Aviation Authority.

“May God be with our athletes, leaders, journalists, and other guests who are with the delegation,” the statement said.

The team’s vice president, Ivan Tozzo, told cable channel SporTV, “We are very sad, gathered here in the locker room of our stadium. We are still waiting for news. All our board is there, our players. We have nothing concrete on their state.”

“There are a lot of people crying in our city. We could never imagine this. Chapecoense is the biggest reason for joy here. We hope there are many survivors, at least that most of them are OK,” he said.

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The plane crashed in a mountainous area, which airport officials said was difficult to reach and could be accessed only by land due to weather conditions.

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The head of Colombia’s civil aviation agency said authorities weren’t ruling out the possibility that the plane ran out of fuel before crashing. Alfredo Bocanegra said communication with Bolivian aviation officials suggested the aircraft was experiencing electrical problems.

Among the survivors was Chapecoense player Alan Ruschel, who was being treated in hospital. Ruschel posted a picture with teammate Danilo on his Instagram from the plane.

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Telemundo Deportes reported Ruschel was conscious when he arrived at the hospital. “Alan Ruschel arrived in shock: conscious and talking. He asked if his wedding ring could be watched over and asked for his family,” the network reported on Twitter.

Ruschel’s wife, Moa, also confirmed he had survived in a post on Instagram:
“Thank god Alan is in the hospital and stable. We are praying for all the others that still haven’t been rescued and sending strength to all the families. The situation is complicated, hard. Only god can give us strength. Thank you god.”

The Chapecoense club crest could be seen in early pictures of the wreckage.

Atlético Nacional, the Colombian team set to face Chapecoense in the Copa Sudamericana championship, has asked the cup organizers to award them the title.

In a statement posted to its website, Atlético Nacional said that “pain overwhelms our hearts and mourning invades our thinking.”

The team said that they were very concerned with maintaining a sense of humanity in the face of competition, and asked Conmebol, who organizes the cup, to hand Chapecoense the championship title.

This is a developing story by www.buzzfeed.com

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