Dozens killed as Chapecoense plane crashes in Colombia

Dozens killed as Chapecoense plane crashes in Colombia

As many as 76 people are believed to have died in a plane crash in Colombia.

The aircraft came down with 81 people on board on approach to the city of Medellin.

Many of those on board were from the Brazilian football team Chapecoense.

The team was travelling to Colombia to complete in final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional.

Seven people were initially pulled alive from the wreckage of the aircraft.

However, two have since died.

The chartered aircraft was flying from the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, via Bolivia.

Following the accident Brazilian president Michel Temer announced three days of national mourning.

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

The plane is believed to have crashed in a mountainous area on its way to Medellin.