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A chartered plane with a Brazilian first division football team crashed near Medellin while on its way to the finals of a regional tournament, killing 71 people, Colombian officials said. Six people from the flight survived.

As per the report by aviation authority, the British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a charter airline named LaMia, declared an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10pm on Monday (0300 GMT) because of an electrical failure.The plane was carrying 68 passengers and nine crew members. Four other people listed on the flight manifest did not board the plane. Twenty-one of the passengers were journalists, of whom just one survived.

The team, from the small city of Chapeco, was in the middle of a fairy tale season. It joined Brazil's first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it last week to the Copa Sudamericana final - the equivalent of the Uefa Europa League tournament - after defeating two of Argentina's fiercest squads, San Lorenzo and Independiente, as well as Colombia's Junior.

The club said in a brief statement on its Facebook page that "May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation".

Many football stars and clubs paid tribute to the victims.

"Shocked by the tragedy that happened to Chapecoense Real. Solidarity with the families and friends of all the victims. A hug for the club and for all Brazilian football."

- Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid star

"My deepest condolences to all the families, friends and fans of Chapecoense."

- Lionel Messi, Argentina and Barcelona striker

"This is a very, very sad day for football. At this difficult time our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends. FIFA would like to extend its most heartfelt condolences to the fans of Chapecoense, the football community and media organisations concerned in Brazil."

- Gianni Infantino, FIFA President

A number of fans gathered to pray for the deceased

We give our condolence to the victims’ families and may the souls of all the victims rest in peace. H/T: telegrapg.co.uk

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