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Plane carrying Brazil football team Chapecoense has crashed in Colombia

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A plane carrying the Brazilian first division side Chapecoense has crashed in Colombia, on its approach to the city of Medellin, according to BBC News.

Details are still unclear at this point although early reports indicate there are survivors.

Chapecoense were due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamerica - South American’s equivalent of the Europa League - against Medellin-based team Atletico Nacional.

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The final of the tournament has now been suspended.

It’s understood the chartered plane, flying from Bolivia, crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin shortly before midnight local time (05:00 GMT).

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Statement from Aerocivil

The following statement has been revealed from Colombian aviation governing body Aerocivil…

"A Lamia aircraft coming from Bolivia with registration CP2933 RJ 80 had an accident in Cerro El Gordo, nearby La Union, Antioquia with 72 passengers and nine crew members on board, who were with the Brazilian team Chapecoense," the news release states, per Goal. "Organizations are currently attending to the situation and are taking injured to different medical facilities in the region."

First photos emerge

English journalist tweets more details

Carl Worswick, an English journalist based in Bogota, has tweeted the following updates about the tragic incident…

Video: Team in airport ahead of flight to Colombia

Meanwhile, a video has emerged of the Chapecoense team at the airport ahead of the ill-fated flight to Colombia…

Video: Team celebrates reaching Copa Sudamerica final

And this was the team celebrating their victory in the Copa Sudamerica semi-finals…

Tim Vickery on Chapecoense

75 people feared dead

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