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Messi survives death on board the Brazilian plane

Lionel Messi was on doomed plane just 18 days ago as Argentina flew home after Brazil thrashing

The plane - which was carrying the Brazilian football side Chapecoense - had been used by Messi and Co

The plane that crashed in Colombia this morning was used by Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates less than three weeks ago.

The team were flying home after their 3-0 defeat by Brazil in the World Cup qualifier on November 10.

Seventy six people - including members of Brazilian football side Chapecoense - have died with only five surviving.

After losing to their great rivals in Belo Horizonte, Messi and his teammates flew from the Brazilian city to Ezeiza in their homeland where their training centre is based.

The photo below shows the plane as it landed in Argentina.
The plane reportedly crashed due to lack of fuel at around 10.15pm local time on Monday.

It is thought to have come down in Cerro Gordo in the municipality of La Union, according to Mi Oriente.

Colombia has been hit by heavy storms which are hampering rescue efforts.

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