Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Devastating!! Plane carrying top Brazilian players crash

A very terrible tragedy for a very promising club.

There were at least  72 passengers - including a top Brazilian football team who were forced to change flights at the last minute. Unfortunately for them the plane crashed in remote Colombian mountains amid reports just 10 people have survived. 

Daily mail gathered that the Brazilian side Chapecoense were on their way from Bolivia to Medellin International Airport in Colombia to play in the Copa Sudamerica final when the jet came down.It was also gathered that it was the first time the small club from Chapeco had ever reached the final of a major South American club competition but they were underdogs against a club going for a rare double after winning the Copa Libertadores in July.

The footballers changed their flight and board the plane that crashed after Brazilian aviation authorities prevented them from taking a charter flight, it has been claimed. Defender Alan Ruschel, 27, and goalkeepers Jakson Follmann and Danilo, are reported to be among just 10 survivors from the crash after being pulled alive from the wreckage. 

The Avro RJ85 plane, which was carrying nine crew, crashed at about 10.15pm after suffering power failures while flying through the mountainous Antioquia Department. Local officials said it crashed against a hill and broke in two.

The pilots and cabin crew on board the plane that crashed were all Bolivian while most of the 72 passengers were Brazilian and about 40 were part of the Chapecoense delegation.
They included 20 players, the manager Caio Junior and four other members of his coaching team including an assistant manager, a personal trainer, a kinesiologist and a masseur who is said to be among the survivors.

The club's president and vice-president were also on board along with other club managers. The team were only about five minutes from their destination when they crashed.

A video published on the Chapecoense Facebook page showed team members readying for the flight earlier on Monday in Sao Paulo's Guarulhos international airport. They were estactic not knowing what was ahead of them.

They were a dream  team living a fairytale story. They just  joined Brazil's first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it last week to the Copa Sudamericana finals - the equivalent of the UEFA Europa League tournament - after defeating Argentina's San Lorenzo.

Chapecoense were set to play Colombian team Atletico Nacional in the South American club tournament's final on Wednesday, with the return fixture in Brazil on December 7.

May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace and best wishes to the survivors. So sad!


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