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Seventy-six people were killed in the crash of a chartered plane in Medellin, Colombia, late Monday night.
According to The New York Times, five of the 81 people onboard the jet survived the crash, which was operated by airline LaMia and carrying members of the Chapecoense soccer club of the Brazilian city of Chapeco.
“Six people were rescued alive, but unfortunately one died. The rest of the occupants unfortunately died. The tragic toll is 76 victims,” Jose Gerardo Acevedo, regional police commander, told journalists, according to the Huffington Post.
The team was traveling to Bolivia to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana. According to authorities, the plane reported electrical problems while flying near La Ceja and La Union, located in the mountains near Medellin. In Colombia, Blu Radio reported that the plane declared an emergency while approaching Medellin but air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft.
According to the Huffington Post, Flightradar24, a flight tracking service, said that the last signal it received from the plane was at 15,500 feet.
The Copa Sudamericana has been suspended, according to the South American Football Confederation.