Update: 76 killed as plane carrying Brazilian football team crashes in Colombia

Chapecoense players pose for pictures during their 2016 Copa Sudamericana semifinal second leg football match on November 23.
Chapecoense players pose for pictures during their 2016 Copa Sudamericana semifinal second leg football match on November 23.
Seventy-six people are confirmed dead following a plane crash outside Medellin, Colombia.

The charter plane with 81 people on board, including players from a Brazilian soccer team, Chapecoense, crashed near Rionegro, Colombia, according to the country's civil aviation department.

The plane declared an emergency between the municipalities of La Ceja and La Union, according to a statement from Colombian aviation officials. The crash occurred in an area called Cerro El Gordo near Medellin, officials said.



The civil aviation agency had initially announced that six passengers -- three players, two crew members, and one journalist -- survived the crash. Authorities told CNNe's Fernando Ramos over the phone that one of those survivors died on the way to the hospital.

At least two soccer players and one crew member survived, authorities said.

Chapecoense players Alan Luciano Ruschel and Jackson Ragnar Follmann survived, as did crew member Ximena Suarez. Authorities did not immediately release the names of the other two survivors.


The plane took off from Bolivia's Viru Viru airport at 6:18 p.m. local time, according to air controller Manuel Palamas.

Officials didn't specify what happened to the plane but did say that the wounded were being transported to assistance centers.



Source: CNN

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