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6 Survivors Pulled from Wreckage of Plane Carrying Brazilian Soccer Team After Crash Kills 75

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A plane carrying 81 passengers and crew members, including Brazil’s Chapecoense football team, crashed in Colombia Monday night. Authorities said there were six survivors pulled from the wreckage, according to CNN.

The 75 remaining passengers and crew have all been confirmed dead.

The charter aircraft took off from Bolivia at 6:18 p.m., according to CNN, and electrical problems were reported around 10 p.m., ABC News reports. The plane crashed shortly after in a mountainous area in the Antioquian municipality, not far from the Jose Maria Cordova International Airport in Medellin, Colombia, where the team was due to arrive.

The team was expected to play in the Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin, according to ABC News.

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The crash site is so remote it can only be accessed by ground transportation due to weather conditions.

CNN reports authorities have named two soccer players and one crew member that survived. Athletes Alan Luciano Ruschel and Jackson Ragnar Follmann survived, as well as crew member Ximena Suarez.

Amanda Ruschel, the wife of a soccer player who was reportedly taken to a hospital, shared a picture of the player that he posted on his Instagram from the plane.

“Thank God Alan is in the hospital, stable,” she wrote. “We are praying for all of those who were not yet rescued and offer our support to all their relatives. This is a complicated, difficult situation. Only God himself can give us strength. Thank you God.”

The team said in a post on its Facebook page that it was waiting for an official announcement from Colombian aviation authorities before issuing its own statement about the crash.

“God be with our athletes, leaders, journalists and other guests who are along with the delegation,” they wrote.

A video on the Chapecoense’s Facebook page showed players getting ready for the flight earlier Monday in Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos international airport.

Three Chapecoense players who did not travel to Colombia have been pictured in a state of shock in the club’s changing room.

The soccer club was an underdog team that was gaining recognition for their rise in the sport.

“It’s a Cinderella football story. They’ve only been in the top division in Brazil for the last couple of years, and they’ve reached the Copa Sudamericana final,” Keir Radnedge of World Soccer Magazine told CNN. “What they have achieved in the last couple of years was just amazing.”

Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, has declared three days of national mourning following the crash.