A chartered plane that crashed early this morning in Colombia left 76 people dead. Only five survived (the sixth survivor, a goalkeeper, passed away at the hospital.) The plane included pro-soccer players and journalists headed to the South American Cup finals. Here's what we know about this tragic accident.

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Rescuers search for survivors from the wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, on November 29, 2016.

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The plane took off at 6:18 p.m. (local time) from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, heading to Medellin, but crashed near Rionegro, Colombia.

NPR reports that officials are not quite sure what made the plane go down. Some speculate it may have run out of fuel because the plane did not catch fire on impact. 

The flight captains reportedly called in an electrical emergency right before the plane went down. 

First responders attempted to do a search and rescue but initially were not able to enter the area via helicopters because of bad weather conditions

Three soccer players, a flight attendant and a journalist were among the survivors, CNN reports.

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Alejandro Martinuccio, a teammate from the Chapecoense team, wasn't on board because of an injury. He told Argentina's La Red radio, "I feel profound sadness."

"The only thing I can ask is prayers for the companions who were on the flight," he said.

"The pain is terrible. Just as we had made it, I will not say to the top, but to have national prominence, a tragedy like this happens," club vice-president Ivan Tozzo told Globo SportTV. "It is very difficult, a very great tragedy."

The Chapecoense team is ninth in Brazil's Serie A league and has performed extraordinarily well all year.

The team was scheduled to play the Colombian club team Atletico Nacional for the first round of the South American Cup finals on Wednesday.

Instagram posts show the team in good spirits right before take off.


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In tribute to this terrible tragedy, the Atletico Nacional team, which they were scheduled to play tomorrow, have already declared the Chapecoense team the winner.

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Keir Radnedge of World Soccer magazine told CNN that the Chapecoense team was heading straight to the top. 

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

CNN reports that more than 20 journalists were also onboard, including six from Fox Sports Brasil.

"God be with our athletes, leaders, journalists and other guests who were along with the delegation,” the Chapecoense soccer association said in a statement on its Facebook page.

They also said they will wait to release an official statement until the Colombian Air Authority files an official accident report.