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71 dead on Brazil soccer team’s charter flight

A chartered plane carrying a top-tier Brazilian soccer team to the biggest game in its history crashed in the Colombian mountains killing 71 people on board..

Authorities have confirmed five survivors so far. The plane went down about 10:15 p.m on Monday night with 72 passengers and a crew of nine.

It was unclear what caused the crash although local media said the plane reported an electrical fault shortly before it disappeared off radar screens.

A Reuters photographer on site said the plane split in two destroying the tail end. Rain delayed dozens of rescuers as they combed the area.

The team had been flying to play in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final. It was the first time the small club reached the final of a major south american club competition.

Brazil has declared three days of mourning.

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Jade Webster

Jade Webster

Jade Webster has rejoined the Cayman 27 Team as Sports Reporter/ Producer in August 2016. Jade has a background in News and has developed a passion for Sports while covering international Games. Jade was one of 35 Young Reporters selected worldwide to be apart of the Young Reporters Programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She was awarded the 'Best IOC Young Reporter', and went on to cover the Second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer, Norway. Jade was also selected as a Young Reporter in 2015 to cover the Toronto Pan American Games, where she was awarded a Hockey Stick for her hard-work and dedication. Jade was the Press Officer for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida

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