Breaking News: 75 Dead And 6 Survivors Found In Columbia Plane Crash On Monday Night

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A plane carrying a Brazilian professional soccer team crashed in the mountains near Medellin, Colombia, on Monday night, killing 75 people.

According to authorities, six people survived the crash of the charter plane.

“The British Aerospace 146 aircraft was carrying Brazil’s Chapocoense soccer team to a tournament in Medellin, Colombia’s second-largest city,” John Otis reports for NPR from the Colombian capital, Bogota.

“The plane had departed from the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz but reported an electrical emergency shortly before crashing late Monday night,” he said.

The team that was traveling on the plane, Chapocoense, is a first-division soccer team from the southern Brazilian city of Chapeco, scheduled to play in the finals of the Copa Sudamericana tournament on Wednesday.

Among the survivors was a Chapecoense defender named Alan Ruschel, who doctors said suffered spinal injuries. Two goalkeepers, Danilo and Jackson Follmann, as well as a member of the team’s delegation and a Bolivian flight attendant, also survived.

The plane was carrying 72 passengers and 9 crew members, aviation authorities said in a statement.

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