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72 Dead in Brazilian Soccer Team Plane Crash

Brazil and the entire soccer world were in mourning Tuesday after a chartered plane carrying a first-division Brazilian soccer team to a historic game slammed into a Colombian hillside, killing 72 of the 81 people aboard, authorities said.chapecoense-football-team-reportedly-crashed-in-colombia

After climbing the ranks of Brazilian soccer, the team was on its way to face one of its biggest tests yet: a chance to win the final of the Copa Sudamericana, an international competition for South American soccer.

But over the mountains near Medellín, Colombia, the plane carrying the members of Chapecoense, a soccer team from a scrappy industrial city in Brazil, made an emergency call on Monday night after experiencing an electrical failure, the authorities say.
Moments later, it crashed into the mountains with 77 people aboard.

Only six people survived the crash, aviation authorities said — three players, two crew members and a journalist who was accompanying the team. The rest were presumed dead, a devastating turn for one of the most remarkable success stories in the tumultuous, scandal-plagued world of Brazilian soccer.

The 72 passengers included members of Chapecoense, a Brazilian soccer team that rose from relative obscurity to play in one of South America’s most prestigious tournaments. The team had been scheduled to play in the Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin.

Twenty of the dead were journalists, and only one journalist survived, the Associated Press reported.

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