Brazilian football team plane crash in Colombia with 81 people on board

An airplane carrying 81 people, including a Brazilian football team, has crashed on its way to Medellin’s international airport in Colombia

Brazil's Chapecoense players pose for pictures during their 2016 Copa Sudamericana semifinal second leg football match against Argentina's San Lorenzo held at Arena Conda stadium, in Chapeco, Brazil, on November 23, 2016. / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Medellin’s international airport have confirmed the aircraft had departed from Bolivia.

Authorities are currently responding to the emergency. It is not clear if there are any survivors.

The chartered plane was carrying members of the Chapocoense football team, airport officials said.

The team was due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamerica against Colombian side Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin.

The final has now been suspended.

Reports say the plane crashed in a mountainous area outside the city shortly before midnight local time on Monday (4pm AEDT on Tuesday).

Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez described it as “a tragedy of huge proportions”.

Source: SBS

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