BREAKING: 76 People Killed As Plane Carrying Brazilian Football Team Crashes !

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A plane carrying a Brazilian football team has crashed in Colombia – killing 76 people.

The Brazilian team Chapecoense were on board the plane which was heading to Medellin airport.

But the jet disappeared off radar, with a video being shared on Twitter claiming to show the moment of its disappearance.

Six people have reportedly survived the crash.

Reports in Brazil say three players are among the survivors.

Medellin’s mayor Federico Gutierrez said it was “a tragedy of huge proportions” as he made his way to the site in a mountainous area outside the city where the chartered aircraft crashed shortly before midnight local time on Monday.

“May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests traveling with our delegation,” the club said in a brief statement on its Facebook page.

“National police have arrived on the scene and all possible aid is being mobilized because six survivors are being reported,” the Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro airport said in a statement.

South America’s soccer federation extended its condolences to the entire Chapecoense community and said its president, Luis Dominguez, was on his way to Medellin. All soccer activities were suspended until further notice, the organisation said in a statement.

Elkin Ospina, mayor of La Ceja, near where the crash took place, said the priority was searching for survivors, and scores of rescuers working through the night had been heartened after pulling three passengers alive from the wreckage.

Authorities and rescuers were immediately activated but an air force helicopter had to turn back because of low visibility. They urged journalists to stay away from the hard-to-access area and keep off the roads to facilitate access for ambulances and rescuers. The area has been hit by heavy rain in recent days.

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