Brazil in mourning after soccer team’s plane crash



November 30, 2016
Brazil in mourning after soccer team’s plane crash

Wreckage site of the chartered airplane that crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombia on Tuesday. CREDIT: AP

Colombia plane crash leaves 71 dead and six survivors on flight carrying Chapecoense football team.

Brazil is in mourning after a soccer team died when their chartered plane crashed.

Members of top footie team Chapecoense crashed outside the city of Medellin, killing 71.

Six of the 77 people on the plane – three footballers, two crew and a journalist – survived the disaster. One footballer who was pulled alive from the plane’s wreckage died later in hospital.

They were travelling to Colombia for the the Copa Sudamerica final.

But their journey came to a fatal end when the jet suffered power failures and went down in remote mountains on Monday night.

The team were on their way to compete in the South American Cup final, which has since been suspended

Officials said it smashed into a hill and broke in two. The pilot had reportedly circled around before crash landing in a desperate bid to burn off fuel.

Just 20 days ago, the same plane had transported the Argentinian football team, including stars Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria, to Brazil, where they played Brazil in a World Cup qualifier.

Brazil has declared three days of mourning after a plane carrying the Chapecoense football team crashed in Colombia in the early hours of Tuesday, killing 71 players, journalists and crew members.

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