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29 Nov 2016
12:19 pm

Colombia air crash death toll rises to 76 – police

AFP

The death toll from the crash in Colombia of an airliner carrying a Brazilian football team rose to 76 Tuesday as officials said only five people survived the disaster.

Brazilian football club Chapecoense. Picture: Twitter @AndresFelipe.

“We were able to rescue six people alive but one of them died on the way to the hospital,” Jose Gerardo Acevedo, a police commander, told reporters.

The LAMIA charter plane crashed late Monday in a mountainous area near the city of Medellin with 81 people aboard, including members of the Chapocoense Real, a Brazilian football team that was to play Wednesday in a Copa Sudamericana final.