Written by: Nicole Silva
A plane carrying 81 people crashed in Colombia killing 77 and leaving only 4 current survivors. The manager, players and backroom staff of Chapecoense had been flying to a South American cup final (Copa Sudamericana) when their plane crashed in the mountains when it was approaching Medellin’s international airport. The aircraft declared an emergency late last night because of an electrical failure. Jose Gerardo Acevedo, a regional police commander said: “Six people were rescued alive, but unfortunately one died. The rest of the occupants unfortunately died. The tragic toll is 76.” This was raised to 77 when it was stated that goalkeeper Danilo passed away, this lead to only 4 survivors.
Chapecoense had been travelling to a two-leg final in the Copa Sudamericana. They were going to play Atlético Nacional of Medellin on 30/11/16. Chapecoense from the city Chapeco in southern Brazil were in the middle of a “fairy-tale season.” Chapecoense reached Brazil’s first division and the final of the Copa Sudamericana last week. They were achieving higher than the club had ever gone since it was created in 1973.
The team was flying to Medellin via Bolivia and it was said that the players had to change their flight and board the plane that crashed after Brazilian aviation authorities stopped them from taking another plane to Medellin. In a statement the club said “My God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation.” Conmebol said that it was going to suspend “all activities” until further notice. Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, playing for Liverpool said “God bless all these people involved in this terrible accident.” On Instagram David Beckham said: My heart and love goes out this morning to all the families and friends that have lost loved ones.” Wayne Rooney tweeted: “Thoughts are with @ChapecoenseReal.”
Quotes from “London Evening Standard”.