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The wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team is seen after it crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, on November 29, 2016. A charter plane carrying the Brazilian football team crashed in the mountains in Colombia late Monday, killing as many as 75 people, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / Raul ARBOLEDA

The crash in Colombia of a plane carrying the Brazilian football club Chapecoense Real, killing 76 people, was among the deadliest air disasters in the sport’s history. Here are others on that list:

– May 4, 1949: Eighteen players of the Torino football club, the best in the world at the time, are killed along with 13 other people when their plane crashes in the Basilica of Superga, near Turin, in the first such tragedy to strike the world of football.

– February 6, 1958: A plane crash at the Munich airport kills 23 people, including eight Manchester United players, their coach and two team directors.

– April 3, 1961: An aircraft transporting part of Chile’s Club de Deportes Green Cross crashes in the Andes, killing 24 people, among them eight players and two members of the coaching staff.

– December 8, 1987: Forty-three people die when a plane carrying the Alianza club of Lima goes down in the Pacific Ocean. Among the dead are 16 players and the team’s coach.

– April 27, 1993: A military aircraft carrying most of the national team of Zambia to a World Cup qualifier in Senegal goes down in the Atlantic, claiming 30 lives, including 18 players.

– November 28, 2016: A charter plane carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense Real crashes in the mountains near Medellin, Colombia. Six survive, including four players, but as many as 75 others are killed.

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