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A plane carrying 72 passengers including a top flight Brazilian football team has crashed in Colombia with only six people believed to have survived.
Brazilian side Chapecoense were on their way from Bolivia to Medellin International Airport in Colombia to play in the Copa Sudamerica final when the plane came down. 
There are reports that 27-year-old defender Alan Ruschel was one of just six survivors from the crash and is now being treated in hospital for a broken hip and head injuries. A second player, goalkeeper Jakson Follmann is also said to have been pulled alive from the wreckage.
The plane, which was carrying nine crew, crashed at about 10.15pm after suffering power failures while flying through the mountainous Antioquia Department. 
Hugo Botero Lopez, mayor of La Union, told Colombian newspaper El Tiempo: 'There are firemen from La Union, Rionegro, El Carmen de Vibroal, La Ceja, there are more than 90 lifeguards, but it is not easy to get people who are alive.'
Medellin's Mayor Federico Gutierrez said there could be survivors. 
'It's a tragedy of huge proportions,' Gutierrez told Blu Radio on his way to the site in a mountainous area outside the city where the chartered aircraft is believed to have crashed shortly before midnight local time.
Local media in Colombia are reporting that a male passenger has arrived in an ambulance to a hospital near Medellin.
The Chapecoense football team are pictured here on a plane
The Chapecoense football team are pictured here on a plane
Rescuers have faced difficulty reaching the remote crash sites with stretchers being carried down to waiting ambulances
Rescuers have faced difficulty reaching the remote crash sites with stretchers being carried down to waiting ambulances
Source: Daily Mail UK


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