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Colombia Plane Crash: 75 Dead, 6th Survivor Found


Rescuers combing the wreckage of a charter plane that crashed in Colombia found a sixth survivor under the aircraft’s fuselage Tuesday morning, officials said.

At least 75 people were killed in the deadly crash Monday night, Medellin Mayor Federico Gutiérrez says.


Passengers on the charter flight included players from the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense.
The Avro RJ85 was en route from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to Medellin when it crashed near Rionegro, Colombia, civil aviation officials said. Nine crew members were also on board.
The plane declared an emergency between the municipalities of La Ceja and La Union, according to a statement from Colombian aviation officials. The crash occurred in an area called Cerro El Gordo near Medellin, officials said.
At least three soccer players, two crew members and one journalist survived, authorities said.
Among them: defender Alan Luciano Ruschel.

What happened?

The plane took off from Bolivia’s Viru Viru International Airport at 6:18 p.m. local time, according to air controller Manuel Palamas.
Medical staff members wait for survivors of the crashed plane Tuesday at a hospital near Medellin.

Officials didn’t specify what happened to the plane but said the wounded were being transported to medical centers.
Images of the crash show what appear to be damaged parts of the plane.
The aviation department’s statement said that passengers belonged to the Chapecoense team.
Tattered debris emblazoned with the club’s logo was photographed at the crash site.
A logo of Brazilian football team Chapecoense is found at the site of the plane crash.


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