Brazilian soccer team among dead in Colombia plane crash

Brazilian soccer team among dead in Colombia plane crash

75 people were killed when a plane carrying the players of Brazil’s Chapecoense Real soccer club crashed in Colombia late Monday night.

75 people were killed when a plane carrying the players of Brazil’s Chapecoense Real soccer club crashed in Colombia late Monday night.

General Jose Acevedo, head of police in the mountainous region where the plane crashed, told reporters that “Six people were rescued alive, but unfortunately one died.”

The soccer team was headed to its Copa Sudamericana finals match against Atletico Nacional in Medillin at the time of the crash. Those killed in the crash included 21 journalists traveling with the team. Two crew members and three players reportedly survived.

Chapecoense players pose for pictures during a 2016 Copa Sudamericana match in Chapeco, Brazil, on Nov. 24, 2016.

Chapecoense players during a Copa Sudamericana game in Chapeco, Brazil, Nov. 24, 2016. NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP/GETTY IMAGES

The cause of the crash has not been determined. Bad weather conditions were reported at the time of the flight.

Brazil declared three days of mourning in the wake of the tragedy. Atletico Nacional asked for the title to be give to its rival, whose Cinderella story captivated soccer-crazed Brazil.


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