Brazil Declares Three Day Mourning Following Soccer Team Plane Crash

Brazil has declared three days of national mourning following the plane crash of a Brazilian first division soccer team outside Medellin, Colombia on Tuesday.

Colombian officials say that 76 people were killed including players, staff, journalists and crew members. There were only six survivors with reports later coming that one person died on the way to the hospital.

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The team, Chapecoense, was on its way to Colombia for the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin.

Plane Crash

Aviation authorities say the British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane declared an emergency around 10pm on Monday because of an electrical failure before getting lost on radar.

Dozens of rescue workers were dispatched to the supposed mountainside plane crash site but heavy rainfall and low visibility grounded helicopters, complicating rescue efforts.

Authorities had to call off the search until dusk which then turned into a body recovery operation.

Three players – Alan Luciano Ruschel, goalkeepers Jackson Ragnar Follmann and Marcos Danilo Padilha were among survivors.

Others include Ximena Suárez, a flight attendant, and Erwin Tumiri, a flight technician.

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British inspectors have been flown out to the crash site as part of the investigation in line with international protocols.

A spokesman for the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch said:

”As the state of manufacture of the aircraft, the AAIB is sending a team of inspectors to Colombia to assist with the investigation of the aircraft accident at Medellín.”

Chapecoense was in the middle of a fairy tale season. It gained promotion to Brazil’s first division in 2014 for the first time in over 40 years.

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Two years later, it was making its way to the equivalent of the UEFA Europa League tournament beating heavyweight teams along the way.

Above is a tweet showing three Chapecoense players who did not travel to Colombia in the club’s changing room after the crash.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the families and people of the city of Chapeco.

Below is a video recorded shortly before the plane crash.