Plane Carrying Football Team From Brazil Crashes in Colombia

Plane Carrying Football Team From Brazil Crashes in Colombia

At least 76 people (1)_________________ when an airplane carrying a Brazilian football team (2)_______________ Monday night in Colombia.
A Colombian (3)_________________ said five of the 81 people on the chartered plane survived. The aircraft was carrying 72 (4)__________ and nine crew members.
The team was on its way to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana (5)___________________ at the time of the crash. The sport is called soccer in the United States.
The plane came down in a (6)_________________ near the city of Medellin. The flight had started in Bolivia.
The aircraft’s owner (7)_______________ as LaMia, a small Venezuelan airline company. Officials said the plane, a British Aerospace 146, was designed for short flights. The crew reported an (8)_______________ and declared an emergency at 2200 hours local time (0300 GMT).
Colombian officials are (9)__________________. The head of the country’s civil aviation agency said he cannot rule out (10)______________ that the plane used up all its fuel before the crash.
The plane was carrying the Chapecoense football team, from the small city of Chapeco in (11)__________________. Chapecoense was to have played Wednesday in the first of a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin.
(12)______________ of Chapeco said he and other officials just missed joining the team and reporters on the flight to Colombia. They instead decided to take a (13)_________________ flight.
I’m Christopher Jones-Cruise.
VOANews.com and the Associated Press reported this story. Christopher Jones-Cruise adapted the information for Learning English. George Grow was the editor.
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Words in This Story

chartered – adj. hired for temporary use; a charter flight is one that is arranged for a specific use by a team or group and is not a regularly-scheduled flight.
mayor – n. the top official of a city, town of village
commercial – adj. of or related to business


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