29 Nov '16, 8am

Plane carrying football players from Brazil crashes in Colombia: Official

Plane carrying football players from Brazil crashes in Colombia: Official

BOGOTA (REUTERS) – An airplane crash in Colombia has killed 76 people, the vast majority of the 81 passengers and crew who were on board the plane, the Colombian police said early on Tuesday (Nov 29). The plane was carrying players, coaches and staff from the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, as well as journalists set to covering the team’s match in the Sudamericana final, South America’s equivalent of the Europa League. Poor weather conditions initially made the crash site accessible only by road, airport authorities at Medellin, where the charter plane was scheduled to land, said on Twitter. The airport later said rescue operations had been suspended because of heavy rain in the area. Alfredo Bocanegra, the head of Colombia’s aviation authority, earlier told journalists at the airport that several people had been rescued. A hospital in La Ceja tweeted it was treating a...

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