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Lack of fuel caused the jetliner crash that killed members of a Brazilian soccer team

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UPDATE 12/26 5:03 p.m. EST:

Colombian aviation authorities announced Monday that the jetliner, which crashed en route to Medillín, Colombia, on Nov. 28, ran out of fuel before it could land. 

Seventy-one people, including members of Brazil's Chapecoense Real soccer team, died in the crash. 


Previously, the Bolivian government  declared that human error, rather than technical problems, was to blame for the crash. 

The Civil Aeronautics agency's conclusion was based on the plane's black boxes and backed up the theory that human error was to blame. 

Authorities said there was no explosion upon impact, which suggests the plane was low on fuel. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

UPDATE 11/30 2:45 p.m. EST:

The pilot of the plane that went down while carrying 77 people, including the Chapecoense Real soccer team, radioed air traffic controllers and told them he had run out of fuel moments before the crash, reports CBS News

A recording from the tower leaked to W Radio shows the pilot repeatedly requesting permission to land, citing a "total electric failure" and a lack of fuel. 

UPDATE 8:15 a.m. EST:

CNN reports a sixth survivor was found in the wreckage. Three players, two crew members and one journalist survived the crash, including defender Alan Luciano Ruschel.

One of the players that initially survived the crash, a goalkeeper named Danilo, has died, The Associated Press reports. There are still several survivors being treated in nearby hospitals. 

Ruschel's wife posted to Instagram, thanking God her husband survived.

ORIGINAL STORY: At least 76 people were killed after a charter plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashed in Colombia Monday night.

The plane was en route to Medillín in Colombia. It crashed about 53 miles away near the town of La Unión after declaring an emergency about 10 p.m. local time.

General José Acevedo, commander of city police, said six people were rescued from the crash site. One died en route to the hospital.  Search efforts continue despite heavy rain, The Washington Post reports.

It is worth it to keep looking. One single life is worth it.
Alfredo Bocanegra, head of Aerocivil

The plane was carrying members of the Chapecoense Real soccer team from southern Brazil. It was en route to the Copa Sudamericana (South American Cup) finals against Atletico National, a team from Medellín. 

The plane carried a total of 72 passengers, 21 journalists and nine crew members, Colombia's aviation authority Aerocivil said. 

What happened to the plane?

Alfredo Bocanegra, head of Aerocivil, said communication with Bolivian authorities said the plane had experienced electrical problems. This is considered the most likely cause of the crash.

One flight attendant said the plane had run out of fuel. But investigations are still ongoing.

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Mateus Caramelo of Brazil's Chapecoense, left, fights for the ball with Martin Cauteruccio of Argentina's San Lorenzo, during a Copa Sudamericana semifinal soccer match in Chapeco, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Chapecoense was hailed as a historic underdog for Brazil. The team climbed from the lowest ranks of Brazilian soccer and beat much more experienced teams like Argentina's San Lorenzo (pictured, white jersey) en route to the Copa Sudamericana.

Lack of fuel caused the jetliner crash that killed members of a Brazilian soccer team

WATCH | Here's a video of survivors being rushed into the hospital.

The team's Facebook page posted players' celebration at making the finals in as a tribute.

Iconic Spanish team Real Madrid held a moment of silence before practice began.

This post in Portuguese names two players, a commissioner and a journalist as survivors.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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