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At least 71 killed as plane carrying Brazilian football club crashes in Colombia


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At least 71 killed as plane carrying Brazilian football club crashes in Colombia

A chartered plane carrying Brazilian football team Chapecoense to the Copa Sudamericana final crashed in the Colombian mountains, killing at least 71 of the 77 people on board.

Local media said the plane had reported an electrical fault shortly before it disappeared off radar screens although investigators are also looking into an account from one of the survivors that the chartered jet ran out of fuel about five minutes from its expected landing at Jose Maria Cordova airport outside Medellin.

“In these types of investigations, we can’t discard other causes,” said the head of Colombia’s civil aviation agency, Alfredo Bocanegra. “The testimony from the survivors will be valuable and the fact that this tragic accident occurred nearby will enable us to carry out a thorough investigation.”

At least six people, including three players – Alan Ruschel, Jakson Follman and Zampier Neto – survived the crash. The club’s main goalkeeper, Marcos Padilha aka Danilo, was also pulled alive from the wreckage but a spokesman said he later died in hospital.

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