Plane Carrying Brazilian Soccer Team To Colombia Crashes-Officials

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A plane transporting a Brazilian soccer team to Medellin’s international airport in Colombia crashed overnight, officials said.

Authorities are responding to the plane crash at a hill in La Union, according to the Jose Maria Cordova International Airport’s Twitter page.  The municipality is roughly 22 miles from the airport, which is located in Rionegro and serves the nearby city of Medellin.

The charter aircraft, which took off from Bolivia, was carrying 72 passengers and nine crewmembers, including the Chapecoense Brazilian soccer team that was expected to play in the Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin.

In a tweet, the airport said there appear to be survivors but did not say how many.

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