A plane carrying 72 passengers and nine crew members crashed into a mountainous rural area outside of Medellin, Colombia on 28 November, killing 76 people. Those on board included Brazilian football team Chapecoense, who had been flying to face Atletico Nacional of Medellin on Wednesday (30 November) in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final, South America's equivalent of the Europa League.

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Rescuers search for survivors from the wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter planeRaul Arboleda/ AFP

It was the first time Chapecoense – a small club from Chapeco – had reached the final of a major South American club competition. Tributes have poured in from the global football family and fans. World governing body Fifa said on Twitter its "thoughts were with the victims, their families, fans of Chapecoense and media organizations in Brazil on this tragic day". The crash evoked memories of 1958 Munich air disaster, which killed 23 people, including eight Manchester United players, journalists and travelling officials.

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Rescuers search for survivors from the wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter planeReuters

A Reuters photographer who was at the scene, said that dozens of bodies were scattered around the wreckage, while rescuers, police and military personally searched the crash site. Officials have suggested that the plane was experiencing electrical problems. The BAe 146 charter aircraft had split in two with only the nose and wings recognisable and the tail end completely destroyed. The last tracking signal from flight 2933 was received when it was at 15,500 feet, about 30km from its destination, according to flight tracking service Flightradar24.

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The wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane is seen following the crashRaul Arboleda/ AFP
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Members of the forensics team carry the bodies of victims following the crashRaul Arboleda/ AFP
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A police officer stands next to the body of a victim of the LAMIA airlines charter plane crashRaul Arboleda/ AFP
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A rescuer walks past the body of a victim from the LAMIA airlines charter plane crashRaul Arboleda/ AFP
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Rescuers carry one of the survivors away from the LAMIA airlines charter plane that crashed in the mountains of Cerro GordoRaul Arboleda/ AFP
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Rescue workers carry the body of a victim from the planeFredy Builes/ Reuters
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The wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane is seen from a distanceRaul Arboleda/ AFP
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Fans of Chapecoense soccer team are pictured in front of the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil, after hearing news of the crashReuters
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Fans of Chapecoense soccer team react in front of the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, BrazilPaulo Whitaker/ Reuters
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Fans of Chapecoense soccer team are pictured in front of the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil, after hearing news of the crashReuters