Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Players and staff of the Chapecoense team pose for a photograph in front of the plane before their fateful flight this week


More than 70 people, including players and staff of the Brazilian first division football team Chapecoense, died this week when a plane crashed in remote Colombian mountains on Monday night.


The team were on their way from Bolivia to Medellin International Airport ahead of the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final with Colombian side Atletico Nacional.

It is understood that just five passengers - including two players - have survived, with defender Alan Ruschel and goalkeeper Jackson Follmann reported to be among those pulled alive from the wreckage.

Another goalkeeper, Danilo, survived the crash but later died in hospital, according to local news reports.

The journalist Rafael Hensel and crew members Ximena Suarez and Erwin Tumiri also believed to have survived.

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