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Colombia plane crash investigation: Plane ran out of fuel

Rescue crew work at the plane wreckage in the Colombian jungle Credit: Reuters

A Colombian investigation into the plane crash in Colombia has found that the plane ran out of fuel before crashing with the Chapecoense football team on board.

A preliminary report by the Colombian Civil Aeronautics agency said the plane was low on fuel and overloaded, and a statement said the conclusion was based upon the plane's black box.

Evidence points to human error, rather than technical problems or sabotage, the statement added.

The plane crashed near the city of Medellin on November 29, killing 71 of the passengers on board and leaving six survivors including the Chapecoense goalkeeper Alan Ruschel.

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Chelsea dedicates win to Chapecoense plane crash victims

Chelsea's David Luiz (left) and Willian (right) display their arm bands in memory of the Colombian crash victims. Credit: PA

Footballer David Luiz dedicated Chelsea's win on Saturday to those killed in the Chapecoense plane crash.

The Brazilian player, who had ice strapped to his knee following Sergio Aguero's tackle, declined to speak about the brawl at the end of the match.

He and fellow Brazilian player Willian displayed a black arm band to the crowd during the match.

"I prefer to give this victory to the people in Brazil, Luiz said after the match. "I had some friends there and it's difficult to play this kind of game. We just need to play for the families because it's difficult for everyone."

Players from both sides wore black arm bands in tribute to the 71 people who died in Monday's crash outside Medellin, Colombia.

Coffins of Chapecoense crash dead draped in club crest

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The caskets containing the remains of Chapecoense players killed in the Colombian plane crash where draped with white sheets bearing their football team's logo.

Nineteen Chapecoense players died when the LaMia charter plane crashed into a mountainside in Columbia on Monday. The team were on their way to play the final of the South American cup - the biggest match in the club's history.

Football teams around the world have paid tribute to the 'Cinderella' club. Brazilian teams have offered to lend players to the club for free and Tuesday night's Premier League matches began with a one-minute silence.

Umbro, who make Chapecoense's strip, said they were struggling to keep up with demand for all the Brazilian clubs requesting commemorative editions ahead of the final game of the season.

Forensic authorities say they have managed to identify a majority of the victims of the air tragedy.

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