At least 71 people killed in a plane crash near Medellin, Colombian officials said. The plane had 77 people aboard: 68 passengers –  including 22 players from the Brazilian football club Chapecoense (full name ‘Associação Chapecoense de Futebol’) and 21 journalists – and nine crew members. Six people survived: three players, two crew members and one journalist.

A British Aerospace Avro 146-RJ85, operated by a charter airline named LaMia, declared an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10pm Monday (0300 GMT) because of an electrical failure, aviation authorities said.

The plane was transporting the Brazilian football team Chapecoense from  Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to Medellin, Colombia, for a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin.

The six survivors were three players – Alan Luciano Ruschel, goalkeeper Jackson Ragnar Follmann and defender Hélio Hermito Zampier Neto – two crew members – Ximena Suárez, a flight attendant, and Erwin Tumiri, a flight technician – plus the journalist Rafael Valmorbida, according to Colombia’s civil aviation authority.

According to a Reuters photograph at the scene, the aircraft split in two. Only the wings and the nose was recognizable, while the tail was completely destroyed.

Football teams and athletes across the world have been expressing their condolences.

Michel Temer, the President of Brazil,  has declared three days of national mourning for the tragedy.

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