UPDATE: 75 reported dead after Colombian plane crash, including members of Brazilian football team

UPDATE 14:08- Reports claim another survivor of Colombian plane crash has died in hospital. The Brazilian Government have announced three days of national mourning.

A plane carrying 81 passengers, including members of the Brazilian Chapecoense football team, crashed in the early hours of this morning.

The crash occurred at 03:15 GMT, following an electrical fault reported by the pilot.

Police have confirmed that 1 of the six initial survivors has died in hospital. Survivors of the crash are reported to include footballers and a journalist.

The Chapecoense Football team were due to play the Medellín team Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana on Wednesday 30th November. The match has now been postponed indefinitely.

Brazilian President, Michel Temer, offered his condolences on Twitter:

“The government will do everything possible to alleviate the pain of friends and family of sport and national journalism”

Temer said that all means were being put forward to “help families and give every assistance possible. Aeronautics and Itamaraty (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) are already in effect.”

In a statement The Brazilian Football Federation said:

“Our solidarity and prayers are with the passengers and crew.”

International news headlines

by Tina Charon and Patrick McPartlin

Middle East

Libya

For the moment the US, UK and France are continuing air strikes against the country. A second raid was lead early this morning and destroyed a building in Libya’s capital Tripoli. The building was one of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s command centres. US officials have said that Colonel Gaddafi himself was not a target of the air strikes.

The Arab League, Russia and China have condemned the attacks. Arab League General Secretary Amr Mussa said, “What has happened in Libya differs from the goal of imposing a no-fly zone. What we want is the protection of civilians.” He has also announced that an emergency meeting of the 22-member Arab league is about to be set up.

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