Shortly before midnight local time, a plane en route to Medellin carrying 81 people crashed in a mountainous region south of the city. The plane had set out from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and was carrying the Chapecoense Atletico de Brazil football team, as well as the team’s support staff and several journalists. There were six survivors of the crash, though the police report that one has since died. The region has been experiencing bad weather in recent days.

From the BBC

Brazil Chapecoense football team in Colombia plane crash

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.

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From Al Jazeera

Colombia plane crash: Chapecoense team among 81 onboard

The entire Chapocoense football team – and an accompanying entourage of staff – were among 72 passengers and nine crew on board the aircraft. Local reports said a large number of journalists were also on the plane.

Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti, reporting from Bogota, said the flight crashed in a mountainous region.

“There have been heavy rains day in and day out in the last week or so,” he said. “That could have played a big role in the crash, but that is still unconfirmed.”

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From the Independent

Colombia plane crash: Brazilian football team Chapecoense among 81 people in mountain plane crash

The plane was on its way to the city’s international airport from Bolivia when it crashed amid poor weather conditions, and the country’s civil aviation authority said ambulances and emergency workers had since arrived at the scene.

The crash occurred shortly after 10pm local time (3am GMT) on Monday night. It is believed the pilots reported an electrical fault to the control tower.

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