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Rescue & investigation begin after Colombia plane crash

Reporter: Michelle Begue 丨 CCTV.com

11-30-2016 12:55 BJT

The world of football is in mourning, after a tragic accident. A plane plunged into a mountainous area near Medellin, Colombia, killing more than 70-people. Onboard that flight were members of Brazilian football team Chapacoense. The players were traveling from Bolivia to Colombia, for the first of a two-legged final of the Copa Sudamericana when the aircraft went down. There are several survivors, but they are clinging to life.

An appalling scene in the Colombian mountains on the outskirts of Medellin Tuesday morning. A charter plane carrying a Brazilian football team crashed after declaring an electrical failure, killing nearly all aboard. Rain and low visibility hampered rescue efforts. Crews initially reported pulling six people alive from the wreckage, though one of them reportedly did not survive.

The Chapecoense team, from Brazil's top football league, was on its way to face Atletico Nacional of Medellin in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final, South America’s equivalent of the Europa League.

The plane went down at about 10:15pm Monday night, with 72 passengers and a crew of nine aboard. It was enroute from Bolivia where the team had a stopover. Colombia’s president reached out to his counterpart in Brazil.

“I spoke over the phone with President Temer to express my condolences personally and to offer all of our cooperation in these difficult times. I want to reiterate in the name of the Colombian people our support and hope for the families, directors and fans of the Chapecoense team,” said Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos.

At least 21 journalists were also believed on board the charter aircraft-operated by the Bolivian-based and Venezuela-owned company.

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