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Nov 29, 2016

Plane with Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team crashes in Colombia

Stephen Feller

Medical staff from the San Juan de Dios hospital transport Brazilian soccer player Alan Ruschel as he arrives in La Ceja in Colombia on Tuesday morning after surviving a plane crash. Ruschel is said to be the first survivor after a plane carrying 81 people, including the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense, crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin as it was approaching the Jose Maria Cordoba airport. The cause of the crash is unknown. The Chapecoense were scheduled to play in the Copa Sudamericana final against the Medellin's Atletico Nacional on November 30. Photo by Luis Eduardo Noriega A/European Photo Agency
There are at least six survivors after a plane traveling from Bolivia to Columbia early Tuesday morning, and carrying the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, according to officials at Jose Maria Cordova airport.
The charter plane, which had 81 people on it -- including the soccer team, several journalists and nine crew -- lost contact with the airport and attempted a forced landing between La Ceija and La Union 22 miles from the airport Medellin.
Several of the survivors, members of Chapecoense, have been taken to local hospitals and a search has been mounted, with officials driving from the airport to help.
Airport officials said they expect there could be many survivors, because they did not track an explosion from the plane, but the major of La Ceija is already reporting at least 25 people died in the crash.
A Colombian Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter mission was cancelled due to poor visibility and getting to the crash site has been difficult because of the weather, officials say.

Airport officials gave the plane priority to land after the pilots reported an emergency of some sort -- there have been conflicting reports that the plane ran out of fuel, as well as several that there was an electrical problem -- but the plane never got close to the runway.

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