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Brazilian Football Team Among 81 In Colombia Plane Crash

72 passengers and 9 crew were on board.

29/11/2016 5:18 PM AEDT | Updated 29/11/2016 6:17 PM AEDT
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REUTERS -- An aircraft with 81 people aboard, including a Brazilian football team, crashed in central Colombia, the country's civil aviation association said on its website on Tuesday.

Rescuers are moving survivors from the crash site, the aviation body added. The Chapocoense football team was among the 72 passengers and 9 crew on board the aircraft.

"It's a tragedy of huge proportions," Medellin's mayor, Federico Gutierrez, told Blu Radio.

Poor weather conditions made the crash site accessible only by road, airport authorities at Medellin, where the plane was scheduled to land, said on social network Twitter.

It confirmed the plane was carrying the soccer team, who were due to play in a final for the South American Cup in Medellin, 245 km (153 miles) from the capital, Bogota, on Wednesday.

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