Reports are confirming that 76 people have died as a result of the plane carrying Brazilian football team Chapecoense crashing in Colombia earlier today.

Jose Acevedo, a police official from the town the flight was travelling to, Medellin, initially told reporters that six people had survived the crash, but one of the rescued passengers later passed away while doctors attempted to save him.

Chapecoense were flying from Bolivia to Medellin to compete against Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the Copa Sudamerican finals tomorrow at the Estadio Atanasio Girardot.

At this stage, the club is declining to comment:

“Given the conflicting reports emerging from different journalistic sources concerning the crash of the plane carrying the Chapecoense players, the Chapecoense football association through it vice-president, Ivan Tozzo, is refraining from comment and awaiting official announcements from the Colombian air authorities.

“May God be with our athletes, leaders, journalists and the other guests who are with the delegation.”

CONMEBOL, the South American football federation, has currently suspended all activities.

Colombian authorities have named the survivors as Chapecoense players Alan Luciano Ruschel, Marcos Danilo Padilha and Jacson Ragnar Follmann and passengers Rafael Correa Gobbato and Ximena Suarez.

Source: SMH.

Photo: Twitter.