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BREAKING NEWS: PLANE CARRYING 81 PEOPLE INCLUDING FIRST DIVISION BRAZILIAN FOOTBALL TEAM CHAPECOENSE


Plane carrying football team Chapecoense has crashed in Columbia

It is reported there were 81 on board the aircraft including 72 passengers and nine crew

The chartered plane crashed in Columbia after taking off from Bolivian aiport

Reports suggest there are six survivors from the crash

The team were set to play Copa Sudamerica tournament final on Wednesday

Officials and members of the football team pictured before the tragic accident

Brazilian side Chapecoense were on their way from Bolivia to Medellin International Airport in Columbia to play in the Copa Sudamerica final when the plane came down.

It is reported that 27-year-old defender Alan Ruschel was one of the six survivors from the crash and is being treated in hospital for a broken hip and head injuries. Also goalkeeper Jackson Follmann is said to have been pulled alive from the wreckage.

The plane which was carrying nine crew, crashed at about 10.15pm after suffering power failures while flying through the mountains Antioquia Department.

The team joined Brazil's first Division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it last week to the Copa Sudamericana finals -the Equivalent of the Europa League following their win against Argentina's San Lorenzo