Horrific Plane Crash Kills Nearly Entire Brazilian Soccer Team


Screenshot of NYDailyNews.com coverage of the crash in Colombia.

Emily Martinez, Staff Reporter

A plane that was carrying a first-division Brazilian soccer team called Chapecoense, crashed on the outskirts of Medellín, Colombia. It slammed into a hillside on the way there, resulting the the deaths of most passengers.  The team had been traveling for a chance to win the final of the Copa Sudamericana.

The plane that has crashed was a British Aerospace Avro RJ85 with about 1842 miles of range when filled with standard fuel.

It has been reported by Newsweek and other media that the pilot informed air traffic control that  he had run out of fuel moments before the jet crashed.  The plane had been circling the airport’s single runway for over seven minutes.

Chapecoense joined Brazil’s first division in 2014 after a while since the 1970s. The two time state champions have recently qualified for the Copa Sudamericana finals.

Chapecoense was the 21st largest club in Brazil. The team raised 13.5 million dollars in 2015. And was currently 9th in the 20 team league with one game left in the season.

At least 71 of those aboard died in the crash, but there were possibly as many as 81 people aboard. Out of the victims,  20 of them were journalists doing stories on the players and the game. Six of the people who were on board are confirmed by rescue workers as survivors, and one of them was a journalist who went on the trip.  

This apparently leaves a discrepancy in the death toll.  Investigation is continuing.

Washington showed their feelings of sadness over the accident in a statement from the National Security Council spokesman Ned Price, he stated, “On behalf of the United States, we extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all those who died in today’s tragic crash of LaMia flight 2933 near Medellin, Colombia.”

There are now hundreds  and hundreds of fans who had gathered around the Arena Conda, which is located in the team’s hometown Chapeco, Brazil. The tragedy has the soccer nation of Brazil in shock, they are mourning the deaths of the many that have died.

Family members of the victims are particularly devastated, and angry at early reports that the pilot refused a refueling stop in order to stay on schedule.