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Sad news of a plane crash in Colombia 

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A plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia.

Police say five people survived the crash but the rest died. Reports say a sixth survivor was found later.

The chartered aircraft, flying from Brazil via Bolivia, was carrying members of the Chapecoense team.

The team had been due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional.

The first leg of the final of the cup, South America's second most important club competition, was scheduled for Wednesday but has now been suspended.

The match was seen as the biggest in the history of the relatively small club, which entered Brazil's top division for the first time in 2014.

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) said it was suspending "all activities".

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Chapecoense issued a brief statement saying: "May God be with our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation."

It said it would refrain from any further statements until it had assessed the extent of the crash.

Later the team's vice-president, Ivan Tozzo, told cable channal SporTV: "There are a lot of people crying in our city. We could never imagine this. Chapecoense is the biggest reason for joy here."

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Three of the survivors were footballers. They were confirmed to be defender Alan Ruschel, and goalkeepers Jackson Follman and Marcos Padilha aka Danilo.

Originally six survivors were reported but police said one of those rescued had died.

Reports say a seventh person was later pulled alive from the wreckage of the plane, believed to be defender Heilio Neto.


What we know about the crash so far

  • Plane operated by Bolivian charter airline Lamia
  • Carrying 72 passengers and nine crew, among them members of the Chapecoense football team
  • Flying from Brazil, bound for Medellin, Colombia, after a stopover in Santa Cruz, Bolivia
  • Plane crashed at 10:15 local time (03:15 GMT) after pilot reported an electrical fault
  • Six people survived the crash, including three footballers

The sports network Telemundo Deportes tweeted (in Spanish) that Ruschel was in shock but conscious and talking, and asked to keep his wedding ring and to see his family.

His wife told Globo TV: "Thank God Alan is in the hospital. He's in a stable condition."

The team, from the southern city of Chapeco, was promoted to Brazil's first division in 2014 and reached the final last week after a victory against Argentina's San Lorenzo.

Medellin's Mayor Federico Gutierrez described it as "a tragedy of huge proportions".

Conmebol said in a statement that its president, Alejandro Dominguez, was on his way to Medellin.

"The Conmebol family greatly regrets what happened. All activities of the confederation are suspended until further notice," it said.


Chapecoense football team

  • Founded in 1973.
  • Promoted to the Brazilian top division, Serie A, for the first time in the club's history in 2014. Currently ninth.
  • Were flying to play in the first leg of the final of the Copa Sudamericana - winner qualifies for Copa Libertadores, top continental competition in South America
  • Were underdogs - facing current Cope Libertadores holders Atletico Nacional
  • Based in the Brazilian city of Chapeco in the state of Santa Catarina
  • Brazil's 21st biggest club in terms of revenue at 46m reais ($13.5m/£10.9m)

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chapecoense are the team, brazilian premier league team, sounds like it was for the SA equivalent of the europa league (copa sudamerica) injured players stayed behind

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not sure which players people will know, maybe kleber santana who played for atletico madrid a few years back

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Breaking news so details are changing all the time but a plane has crashed in Colombia killing almost everybody on board including most of the playing staff of Brazilian side Chapecoense FC who were travelling to play in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana cup final (basically the South American Europa League). 

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A plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia.

Police say five people survived the crash but the rest of those on board died.

The chartered aircraft, flying from Brazil via Bolivia, was carrying members of the Chapecoense team.

The team was due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional.

The first leg of the final of the cup, South America's second most important club competition, was scheduled for Wednesday, but has now been suspended.

The match was seen as the biggest in the history of the relatively small club, which entered Brazil's top division for the first time in 2014.

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) said it was suspending "all activities".

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 Chapecoense promoted to top flight in 2013 for first time since 1979
 
 
 
 
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Plane carrying Brazil's Chapecoense football team crashes in Colombia – video report

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Tuesday 29 November 2016 08.46 GMT

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Chapecoense, the Brazilian team on board the plane that has crashed in Colombia, were in the middle of a fairytale season before the tragedy struck.

A charter aircraft carrying 81 people including members of Brazil’s Chapecoense football team has crashed en route to Medellin airport
 
 
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This should have been the most glorious week in the history of the club. Associação Chapecoense de Futebol, relative small fry in the ecosystem of Brazilian football, were flying to Colombia to take part in their first continental final when the plane crashed carrying 81 people, 76 of whom have died.

The mood in the camp had been buoyant and for good reason: Chapecoense had seen off strong opponents in the previous rounds and had been playing with such grit that even a two-leg meeting with a strong Atlético Nacional side held little fear.

It was going to be an occasion to saviour, at the end of another season of achievement. Alongside their endeavours in the Copa Sul-Americana (the South American equivalent of the Europa League), Chape have already secured their highest finish in the top flight, clambering above clubs with more illustrious back stories and far greater financial resources for the third year in a row since promotion.

This is a club that only came into existence in the 70s, the result of a merger between two amateur teams. They quickly enjoyed success, winning the local state championship within five years of their founding, but remained a regional concern until recently, when their ascent through the divisions captured the imagination of Brazilians.

From their nadir in 2008, when they did not qualify for the fourth division of Brazil’s national league, Chapecoense have risen up the pyramid with every passing year: third in Série D; seventh, fifth and third in Série C; second in Série B; 15th, 14th and with one game of the 2016 remaining, ninth in Série A.

Theirs is a story of overcoming: a team from a relatively small, relatively unfashionable city mixing it with the big boys. Even in the top flight their squad remained modest, their most recognisable player probably Cléber Santana, once of Atlético Madrid and Real Mallorca. The return leg against Atlético Nacional was due to take place in Curitiba, some 400km away from Chapecó because their homely Arena Condá lacks the capacity and infrastructure to host a major final.

It is not surprising that a team punching so far above their weight had been the subject of comparisons with the Premier League champions, Leicester City. Indeed, this was a link that the coach, Caio Júnior, was keen to embrace back in September. “Our team really reminds me of Leicester, a team from an unfancied city that was able to win an important title,” he said after a league win over Fluminense. “I want to make a mark this season with this club, this group of players.”

They had achieved that in the Sul-Americana, seeing off the Argentinian sides Independiente and San Lorenzo en route to the final. There were rarely fireworks – penalties were required in the round of 16, away goals in the semi-final – but the team’s work ethic shone through time and time again.

Tuesday morning’s events in Medellín, only add to the feeling of loss. This was a side close to the peak of their powers, on the way to a final few would have given them a chance of reaching. It is a tragedy in the truest sense of the word.

 

 

 

 
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Horrible stuff, thankfully this hardly ever happens. You go back to the 50s and 60s and the great Manchester United and Torino teams were wiped out. Only one I can think of in recent times would be the Zambia national team in the early 90s.

Really tragic, given it's a small club I doubt they'll recover from this. Would like to think they'd be awarded the trophy but trivial things like football matches aren't for now.

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