Chapecoense Real Colombia air crash death toll rises to 76

The LAMIA charter plane crashed late Monday in a mountainous area near the city of Medellin with 81 people aboard.

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Chapecoense Real plane play (360 Radio Colombia/Twitter)
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76 people including players of Chapecoense Real have died in a plane crash late Monday near the Colombian city of Medellin.

The plane was carrying members of Brazil's Chapecoense Real football team to play a Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin.

Chapecoense Real play People on board the plane before take-off (Alexis Viera/Twitter)

 

"We were able to rescue six people alive but one of them died on the way to the hospital," Jose Gerardo Acevedo, a police commander, told reporters.

The LAMIA charter plane crashed late Monday in a mountainous area near the city of Medellin with 81 people aboard.

Chapocoense Real play The plane that crashed on Monday ( Futbol Recargado/Facebook)

 

The five survivors of the crash are team players Alan Ruschel, Jackson Follmann and Danilo, as well as Rafael Gobbato, a journalist, and crew member, Ximena Suarez.

Alan Luciano Ruschel play Chapocoense Real player Alan Luciano Ruschel was rushed to the hospital (REUTERS)

 

Alan Ruschel play One of the survivors, Alan Ruschel suffered several head injuries (EPA)

 

The plane – a British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane – is believed to have started its journey in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at 3.35pm in the afternoon local time, the Guardian reports.

It made a stop in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, a bustling economic hub in eastern Bolivia, later that day before setting off for Colombia.

Chapecoense Real play Chapecoense Real got promoted to the Brazil first division in 2014 (LatinContent WO)

 

The Brazilian football team recently got promoted to Brazil's first division in 2014 and made it to the Copa Sudamericana finals last week by defeating Argentina's San Lorenzo.

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