A charter plane carrying a soccer team from Brazil to tournament in Columbia crashed on landing, killing 76 people — including most members of the Chapecoense soccer team. Five people, including three players, survived.
There were 72 passengers and nine crew on board, according to media reports. It’s unclear how many players and crew perished, but media reports say some team members stayed behind, and they were devastated by the news.
The team was en route to the Medellin International Airport when the plane crashed. The plane had been cleared for an emergency landing after it had reported electrical problems, the New York Times reported.
Chapecoense is from the small city of Chapeco, which is about 314 miles southwest of Sao Paulo, the nearest major city. the club’s Ivan Tozzo, the team’s ice-president, told Brazil’s SporTV: “Chapecoense was the biggest source of happiness in the town. Many in the town are crying.”
The team itself was in the middle of what many are calling a fairy tale season. It joined Brazil’s first division in the 2014 season and has made the Copa Sudamericana finals.
Twitter had a number of images from the wreckage and the team, and they’re heartbreaking.
The team made a video from the airport just before it boarded the plane.
One of the survivors was rushed from the wreckage.
The players who stayed behind were devastated.