71 Dead Including Brazil’s Footballers In Columbia Plane Crash

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A passenger plane carrying 77 people, including Brazil’s Chapecoense football club, has crashed in Colombia. Just six people survived.

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The football world has rallied around a Brazilian club which lost most of its players in a plane crash in Colombia.

Only six of the 77 people on board the charter plane, carrying members of the Chapecoense team, survived the crash.

What happened?

The plane lost contact with ground controllers as it approached Medellin at about 22:15 on Monday (03:15 GMT on Tuesday), after the pilot reported an electrical fault. It came down in a mountainous area.

The number of those on board was first said to be 81, but Colombia’s disaster management agency later said four people on the passenger list did not board the plane.

Three of the six survivors are footballers:

  • Defender Alan Ruschel, who suffered spinal injuries
  • Defender Helio Zemper, who has injuries to his skull and chest
  • Reserve goalkeeper Jakson Follman, who has unspecified injuries
  • Goalkeeper Marcos Padilha, also known as Danilo, was pulled alive from the wreckage but he later died in hospital.

Brazilian first division football teams have offered to lend players to Chapecoense free of charge, and asked the league to protect the club from relegation for the next three years.

Several leading footballers, from Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Neymar, to Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, have also paid tribute to the players, who had become an unlikely success story in recent years.
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