UPDATE: 76 dead in Chapecoense plane crash

Latest news from the plane crash involving Brazilian football team Chapecoense suggest that only five out of the 81 passengers have survived.

The Civil Aviation authority of Colombia has confirmed that the charter flight carrying Brazil Serie A team Chapecoense crashed early on Tuesday morning (CAT) in the vicinity of Rionegro city, in the Antioquia Department, north-west Colombia.

There were 72 passengers and nine crew on board the flight, named as flight LMI-2933, which was on its way from Santa Cruz de la Sierra in eastern Bolivia to Medellin – just 50km away from Rionegro.

The Santa Catarina-based club were on their way to the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana Final against Colombian club Atletico Nacional, scheduled for Wednesday.

One of the survivors is Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel, who is said to be in a stable condition. According to reports, goalkeepers Jackson Follman and Danilo may have also survived the crash, along with physiotherapist Rafael Gobbato.

Chapecoense issued a brief statement: "May God be with our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation."

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