Plane carrying Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia

Updated 2016-11-29 16:40:40

A plane carrying 72 people, including a Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia, official say.

The chartered plane, flying from Bolivia, was carrying members of the Chapocoense football team, airport officials said.

The team was due to play in the final of the South American club cup with Medellin team Atletico Nacional. The final has now been suspended.

Authorities are responding to the plane crash at an unspecified scene, according to the Jose Maria Cordova airport's Twitter page.

Reports say the plane crashed in a mountainous area outside the city shortly before midnight local time (05:00 GMT).

Medellin's Mayor Federico Gutierrez described it as "a tragedy of huge proportions", but added it was possible there were survivors.

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