Plane carrying Brazilian soccer club crashes in Colombia

Dozens killed as rain hampers rescue efforts in mountainous region outside Medellin

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CBC
November 29,2016

.Possible fuel, electrical problems under investigation
.1st division Chapecoense en route to biggest game in its history

A plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team heading for the biggest game in its history crashed overnight in Colombia, killing 71 people.

Earlier in the day, officials reported a higher death toll. Colombian aviation authorities later lowered the figure to 71 from 75, saying four fewer people were aboard the aircraft than originally stated, The Associated Press reported.

Colombia’s civil aviation agency said early Tuesday six people survived the crash, up from initial reports of only five. The death toll varied overnight because of confusion amid the emergency.

Colombian authorities said early Tuesday that three players with Chapecoense, a team from from Brazil’s top league, were among the survivors. Two crew members and a reporter also survived.

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