Chapecoense soccer team in plane crash in Colombia

The Brazilian league soccer team Chapecoense are among 81 people aboard an aircraft that has crashed near Medellin in Colombia.

CHAPECO, BRAZIL (NOVEMBER 23, 2016) (REUTERS PICTURES -The South American football federation suspended all games and other activities early on Tuesday (November 29) after an aircraft crashed in Colombia carrying members of Brazil’s Chapecoense team.

The team was among 72 passengers and nine crew on board the charter aircraft when it came down around on Monday evening (November 28) in north-central Colombia. It was not immediately clear how many people survived.

The federation, CONMEBOL, said its president, Alejandro Dominguez, was on his way to Medellin, near the crash site.

“All federation activities are suspended until further notice,” it added in a statement on its website. Chapecoense had been due to face Atletico Nacional of Medellin in the first leg of Wednesday’s (November 30) Sudamericana final. They had reached the final after a 0-0 draw against San Lorenzo last Wednesday (November 23), defeating the Argentine team on the away goals rule following a 1-1 draw in the first leg.