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A charter plane carrying a Brazilian football team crashed in the mountains in Colombia, killing 76 people, officials said.
They said five survived the disaster.
The LAMIA airlines charter declared an emergency at around 10 pm local time today, reporting it had suffered "electrical failures," and crashed a short time later near the city of Medellin, officials said.
The plane was carrying members of Chapecoense Real, a Brazilian football club which was to have played in the Copa Sudamericana finals on Wednesday against Atletico Nacional of Colombia.
In all, there were 72 passengers and nine crew on board.
"We were able to rescue six people alive but one of them died on the way to the hospital," Jose Gerardo Acevedo, a police commander, told reporters.
One of the survivors was Alan Ruschel, a 27-year-old defender for the Brazilian team, the head of Colombia's civil aeronautics agency, Alfredo Bocanegra, told reporters.
Radio Caracol said two other players -- Marcos Danilo Padilla and Jackson Follmann -- also survived and were taken to area hospitals, along with a flight attendant and a journalist.
The LAMIA airlines flight originated in Sao Paulo, Brazil and had made a stop in Santa Cruz, Bolivia before continuing on to Rionegro, a city near Medellin.
The airport statement said the plane reported an emergency at 10 pm local time. "It declared it had electrical failures."
It went down about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Medellin, Colombia's second largest city, in an area called Cerro Gordo.
Elkin Ospina, the mayor of the town of La Ceja near the crash site, said the mountainous terrain was some 3,300 metres above sea level and very difficult to access.
Rescuers carrying stretchers had to hike for more than half and hour to reach the site.
On its Twitter account, the airport said a plan to fly in an air force helicopter had to be shelved because of bad weather in the area.
Ospina said authorities were on the scene and hospitals and medical centers were preparing to receive the injured.
But the bad weather forced the search to be suspended in the early hours today. It was to resume at 6:00 am (local time).
Colombia's civil aeronautics agency said it had a team at the airport in response to the crash.
Conmebol, the South American football confederation, meanwhile officially called off the Copa Sudamericana final that was to be played between Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional.
"All activities of the confederation are suspended until further notice," Conmebol said.
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