Plane carrying Copa Sudamericana finalist Chapecoense crashes in Colombia

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The Brazilian club was en route to the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final but never made it to Medellin because of a tragic accident, authorities say.

A plane carrying Brazilian club Chapecoense to the Copa Sudamericana final has crashed in Colombia on Monday night, according to Colombian authorities.

"A Lamia aircraft coming from Bolivia with registration CP2933 RJ 80 had an accident in Cerro El Gordo, nearby La Union, Antioquia with 72 passengers and nine crew members on board, who were with the Brazilian team Chapecoense," a news release Monday from Colombian aviation governing body Aerocivil read. "Organizations are currently attending to the situation and are taking injured to different medical facilities in the region."

According to South American media reports, emergency crews transported injured to Le Ceja Hospital shortly after the crash. Telemedellin reported late Monday that the San Vicente Hospital also is preparing to treat some wounded in the crash.

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There have been were no deaths confirmed late Monday, and the Colombian Commercial Aviation agency said 10 injured were taken to hospitals.

The plane was inbound from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where the team stopped over after playing a league game against Palmeiras, which clinched the Brazilian championship with a victory. Chapecoense made the Copa Sudamericana final after advancing past Argentine side San Lorenzo on away goals. The first leg was set to take place in Medellin against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday.

The cause of the crash is currently unclear, with some reports citing poor weather around Medellin but others blaming a mechanical issue. According to the airport, the crash site is currently accessible only by ground transportation, with weather conditions prohibiting aerial access. Colombian Commercial Aviation asked those in the area who could provide help in Jeep 4x4-type vehicles to assist in resuce efforts.

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