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Colombia plane crash: bodies identified and prepared for repatriation to Brazil


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Colombia plane crash: bodies identified and prepared for repatriation to Brazil

The bodies of the Brazilians killed in Monday night’s plane crash over Colombia have been identified and are being prepared for repatriation.

Investigators say there is growing evidence the aircraft ran out of fuel as it tried to land.

71 people died when the plane plunged into the mountains near Medellin while flying Brazilian football team Chapecoense, journalists and companions to the Copasudamericana final.

The coffins will be taken directly to the club’s stadium, where a collective wake will be held.

Only six people survived the crash: three players; a journalist; and two crew members.

Nivaldo, one of the Chapecoense goalkeepers, did not travel with the team.

“We lost everything. We are so sad. They are not only football players, but friends, brothers. We share a good relationship in the team. We are just like family members. We like each other and we’re very united.”

Candlelit vigils have been held in Colombia and Brazil. The latter has announced a three-day mourning period.

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