12pm update: What do we know about Chapecoense plane crash?

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The latest information as more details are revealed following Tuesday's tragedy in Colombia.

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Ever since news emerged that the plane carrying the Chapecoense squad had crashed en route to a match in Colombia early on Tuesday morning, there have been various reports about the number of casualties and the status of the survivors.

A day on, here are some of the facts that have been established after the incident.

What happened?

A charter plane carrying the Chapecoense squad as well as coaching staff, journalists and plane crew was travelling from Brazil to Colombia via Bolivia came down in the municipality of La Union in Colombia at 22.15 local time (03.15 GMT).

Initial reports suggested that 81 people were on board, but it was later confirmed that four passengers did not board the plane. Overall, 71 of the 77 passengers were killed in the crash.

Who were the victims?

The majority of those on board were linked to Brazilian side Chapecoense, who were travelling to play in the biggest match of the club's history.

The provincial side have enjoyed consistent success in recent years and were en route to the Copa Sudamericana final - the South American equivalent of the Europa League - against Atletico Nacional.

All but three of the players on board - including Cleber Santana (below) have died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Cleber SantanaCleber Santana

Who are the survivors?

The three players who survived the incident are defender Alan Ruschel, who has suffered spinal injuries, Helio Zemper, who has injuries to his skull and chest, and reserve goalkeeper Jackson Follman, who has unspecified injuries. 

First choice goalkeeper Danilo was pulled from the wreckage alive but later died from his injuries in hospital.

Some of Chapecoense's squad did not travel to Colombia for the match. Alejandro Martinuccio was ruled out of the match through injury and therefore did not go with the rest of the team.

Speaking to Argentinian radio and quoted by the BBC, Martinuccio said: “I was saved because I got injured. I feel profound sadness […] The only thing I can ask is prayers for the companions who were on the flight.”

The team's manager, Caio Junior, was among the victims, but his son had a lucky escape. Matheus Saroli was due to be joining his father on the flight but did not board due to leaving his passport at home. Quoted by The Guardian, Saroli wrote on Facebook that “We need strength and I ask that you give us a little privacy, especially my mother."

The reaction

The world of football has come together to pay its respects to Chapecoense, with fans of the team last night holding a vigil to remember those who lost their lives. In the UK, last night's matches were preceded by a minute's silence, while in Brazil three days of national mourning have been announced.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesChapecoense fans 

Atletico Nacional, Chapecoense's opponents in the Copa Sudamericana final, have asked that the trophy be awarded to the Brazilian side, and some of the country's top clubs have offered to loan players to Chapecoense for free and requested that they become exempt from relegation for the next three years.

What happens now?

Investigators will now seek to work out why the crash happened, as currently there are conflicting reports about why the tragic incident occurred. 

British investigators from the Air Accident Investigation Bureau have flown to Colombia to offer their assistance to the investigation, which was hampered yesterday due to bad weather restricting access to the crash site.

Officials have told the BBC that the flight's two black boxes have been recovered in "perfect condition", which is likely to aid their investigation.

In the meantime, football clubs will continue to pay their respects and the grieving process across Brazil will go on.

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