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The chartered aircraft, flying from Bolivia, was carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia, officials say.

 

According to latest airport press release, it was reporting an electrical fault to the control tower.

It is "a tragedy of huge proportions" according to the Medellin's Mayor Federico Gutierrez.

The aircraft was flying from Bolivia and was carrying members of the Chapecoense football team, according to the airport officials.

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The Brazilian club Chapecoense was founded in 1973, based in the Brazilian city of Chapeco in the state of Santa Catarina. They promoted to the Brazilian top division, Serie A, for the first time in the club's history in 2014 and the club were flying to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana against Medellin side club Atletico Nacional. The winner qualifies for the Copa Libertadores, a top continental competition in South America.

And it is confirmed as the Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro airport, which serves Medellin, posted on its Twitter account,

"Confirmed, the aircraft licence number CP2933 was carrying the team @ChapecoenseReal. Apparently there are survivors."

It later said in a statement that "all possible aid was being mobilised because six survivors are being reported".

But, there was no fire on impact, which has given possible hopes to the rescuers that more survivors may be found.