76 dead in plane crash near Medellín, Colombia
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
On Monday local time, a chartered flight carrying 72 passengers and nine crew members crashed on the outskirts of the city of Colombia. The Colombian police has indicated only five people on board survived the crash.,
The Brazil to Colombia via Bolivia. The plane reported facing electrical problems near and before crashing at roughly 10:15pm local time (0315 Tuesday ). The crash site had bad weather, and heavy fog prevented rescue helicopters from landing.was flying from
According to initial reports, six passengers were rescued but later one of them died in hospital.
The flight was carrying Brazilian football team 's delegations. Chapecoense was scheduled to play Colombian club Atlético Nacional today in the final; Copa Sudamericana is South America's second-tier club competition, the winner of which is promoted to the first-tier competition of in the next season.
The Chapecó based club were promoted to the first division Série A in 2014. They are currently ninth in the league table and the final league match of the season was scheduled to be played on Sunday against. Reaching the final of Copa Sudamericana was the best outcome in the club's history.
By varying reports either 21 or 22 Brazilian football journalists where also on the flight. The five survivors include at least two football players, who have been identified asand .
South America's governing body of footballhas suspended the upcoming fixture. Atlético Nacional were scheduled to play the second leg of the final on December 7.
Brazilian president Michel Temer tweeted, "I express my solidarity at this sad time when dozens of Brazilian families have been affected by tragedy." ((pt))Portuguese language: Nesta hora triste que a tragédia se abate sobre dezenas de famílias brasileiras, expresso minha solidariedade. Temer has also called three-day mourning in Brazil.
Atlético Nacional requested CONMEBOL award the Copa Sudamericana to Chapecoense. Several Brazilian clubs said they would loan players to Chapecoense for the upcoming season for free. They also requested Chapecoense be granted three seasons' immunity from relegation to a lower division.
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