The aircraft crashed after taking off from a Bolivian airport amid reports of on board ‘electrical problems’
United for the last time, this is the Brazilian football team posing together in front of a passenger jet before their doomed flight crashed in Colombia, killing 76 on board.
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The Avro RJ85 plane, which was carrying nine crew, crashed at about 10.15pm after suffering power failures while flying through the mountainous Antioquia Department on its way from Bolivia. Officials said it smashed into a hill and broke in two as reports emerged that the pilot had circled around before crash landing in a desperate bid to burn off fuel.
Images show two footballers, Defender Alan Ruschel (right in the two pictures) and goalkeeper Danilo Padilha (next to Ruschel), posing for selfies during the journey from Brazil with Ruschel, 27, telling fans: ‘We’re coming Colombia’. Both Ruschel and Danilo were pulled alive from the wreckage but Danilo later died in hospital
Wreckage: A plane carrying 72 passengers including the top flight Brazilian football team Chapecoense has crashed in Colombia
Emergency: Alan Ruschel is said to have suffered head injuries in the crash in the remote Colombian mountains