Plane Carrying Brazilian Soccer Team Crashes in Colombia

Players for the Chapecoense team were among the 81 people on board the flight

Last Updated: November 29, 2016 @ 8:04 AM

A plane carrying 81 people including members of Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team has crashed in Colombia.

The charter aircraft, which took off from Bolivia, was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew members to Medellin’s international airport, USA Today reported.

The team had been heading to play in the Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in the Colombian city. The match has now been suspended.

A tweet from the airport indicated that there were survivors from the crash, which happened about 12 miles from the airport, but it was unknown how many.

Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez called the accident “a tragedy of huge proportions,” the BBC reported.

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