A chartered aircraft flying from Brazil with a confirmed report of halting at Bolivia heading to Columbia crashed near a Columbian hillside outside Medellin. It carried 77 people on board with it, in which was the Chapocoense football team, staff members, and journalists. It is reported that at least 71 of the 77 people on board have been killed in the crash. There were 6 survivors one of whom later died in the hospital. Columbian aviation officials have said that there were at the least 21 journalists on board out of which all have been killed except one as per reports.
The plane is said to have undergone an electrical fault. It lost contact with the ground controllers at 22:15 which is 03:45 GMT after the pilot reported the electrical fault. It then came down in the Medellin’s mountainous area. There have been heavy rains and thunder in the region since the past week which is also been reported as the cause of the crash. The exact reasons for the British Aerospace 146 short-haul to crash are still unclear but whatever said and done it is a tragedy of huge portions.
The plane was split into two parts said the 30-memberrescue team which reached on site with military personnel’s and police officials. They confirmed that only the nose and the wing of the aircraft were recognizable with the tail being destroyed.
Among the very few who survived this tragic crash is the Chapecoense defender,the 27-year-old Alan Ruschel was in a state of shock but conscious when he was rescued from the plane and said that he wanted his wedding ring to be saved and wished to see his family. Two other players Jakson Fallman and Helio Zampier are also known to have survived this heart-breaking disaster. One of its goalkeepers Danilo survived the crash and was taken to the hospital after being rescued but later died in the hospital. A journalist Rafeal Valmorbida, flight attendant Ximena Suarez and crew member Erwin Tumiri have also been rescued safely.
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(source: The Sun)
The Chapecoense football team was on their way to Medellin city of Columbia and was scheduled to play their final match of Copa Sudamericana against the Medellin team Atletico Nacional.
The Atletico Nacional team in a way of expressing their grief have asked the Chapecoense team to be named the champions of Copa Sudamericana 2016.
Chapecoense is a football team that represents Chapeco, a city that is 800 miles down south of Rio De Janeiro in the state of Santa Catarina with a population of about 200,000. It has only been in the recent years that this team has shone with excellence and reached the top division of Brazilian Soccer in 2014. Founded in 1973 this team has surpassed many other eminent and established teams of Brazil like Cruzeiro, Sao Paulo, and Fluminense.
Only last week did this team make history by being the only Brazilian team in 3 years to reach the finals of Copa Sudamericana which is the second most prestigious football competition after beating a tougher Argentine side, San Lorenzo.
Brazilian president Michel Tremer announced 3-day mourning in the state for the great loss the team, their families, and the entire country is under. Top football clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona also saw through a minute’s silence for the Chapecoense team before their practice sessions.
A story that was Cinderella-like and so amazing has gone through a devastating reversal and people in Brazil are still under shock.