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Brazilian team Chapecoense among those on board crashed plane

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Police in Colombia have said 76 people were killed when a plane carrying members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense crashed in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Initial reports said there were six survivors, including players and a travelling journalist, but police said one person had died in hospital. The plane was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew members. Chapecoense were flying to play a Copa Sudamerica finals match against Atlético Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin. The Brazilian president, Michel Temer, declared three days of national mourning and offered his condolences to the friends and families of those on the plane in a series of tweets.

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