Charter Plane Carrying Brazilian Soccer Team Crashed in Colombia

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By Kevin McCauley, SB Nation | 5:39 am, November 29, 2016

A chartered plane carrying Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense and others crashed near Medellin, Colombia. The plane was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew members.

The full scope of injuries remains uncertain, however, officials have confirmed there are survivors.

La Ceja firefighters chief Kaleth Gutiérrez delivers some good news: “We can’t say how many but there are lots of survivors.”

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Officials have confirmed there are at least six survivors, according to the Associated Press. The AP reported the crash was due to an electrical failure, according to officials.

Aeronáutica Civil — the Colombian government’s aviation administration — confirmed the numbers of passengers and crew on the plane, that it was Chapecoense’s flight, and that the plane was coming from Bolivia. Reports of heavy rain and difficult terrain near the crash site made the search and rescue process more difficult.

Chapecoense is a club from Chapecó, Santa Catarina, Brazil. They were heading to Colombia to play Atlético Nacional in the Copa Sudamericana final. The first leg of the final was scheduled for Wednesday. The South American Football Confederation announced that the match, and all activities of the Confederation, are suspended until further notice.

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