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The crash site in the mountainous area of El Gordo, about 50 km from Medellin, Colombia, on November 29, 2016
South American Cup final suspended after crash; six survivors found alive

Seventy-five people were killed on Tuesday when a charter plane crashed in Colombia on its way to the international airport in Medellin.

The charter aircraft was carrying members of a Brazilian soccer team, Chapecoense Real, set to play a match in Medellin on Wednesday. Six survivors were found alive, including Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel.

"Confirmed, the aircraft license number CP2933 was carrying the team @ChapecoenseReal. Apparently there are survivors," the Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro airport, which serves Medellin, said on its Twitter account.

The plane was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew members, according to local media.

The LAMIA aircraft was flying from Bolivia to Medellin when it crashed in an area called Cerro Gordo about 50 kilometers from the city, Colombia's second largest.

"It appears that the plane ran out of fuel," Elkin Ospina, the mayor of the nearby town of La Ceja, told AFP.

The South American Cup final has been suspended because of the crash.

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