4 footballers killed in Brazil plane crash
Published: 12:19 PM, 25 January 2021 Updated: 03:08 PM, 25 January 2021
Four players and the president of Palmas have been killed in a plane crash in Brazil; Photo: Twitter
Four footballers of the fourth-tier Palmas football club, its president and a pilot have been killed in a plane crash in Brazil. The accident took place on Sunday night.
The president and players of Palmas were going to Goiania by small plane to play the Brazilian Cup match. But the plane was crashed before it could fly properly, i.e., during takeoff.
It was reported that no one inside the plane was survived.
Palmas lost five essential members – club president Lucas Meira, four footballers Lucas Praxedes, Guilherme Noe, Ranule and Marcus Molinari. The pilot, named only as Wagner, was also killed.
“The plane took off and crashed at the end of the runway at the Tocantinense Aviation Association,” Palmas said in a statement.
“We regret to report there are no survivors,” the club added in the statement.
Palmas was scheduled to play in the last 16 of Brazil’s domestic cup tournament Copa Verde next Tuesday against Goiania club Vila Nova. The tournament is organized with small teams from outside the famous teams in the southern and northeastern regions of Brazil.
The four players only joined the Serie D side in 2021 and it was announced last week that Praxedes, Noe and Ranule had tested positive for coronavirus. Palmas did not say which plane the players boarded.
According to Globo Esporte, their plane crashed moments after taking off and hit the ground moments after the end of the runway, killing all those on board.
There have been three such accidents in Brazil in the last seven years. Among them, the plane crash of the Chapecoense club on 26 November 2016, killing 71 out of 77 including players, coaches, officials and journalists, shook the football world.
The club was scheduled to play Colombia’s Atlético Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, the second-highest tournament in South American continental club football.
Two years ago, Fernandão, the former captain of Brazil’s top-tier Sport Club Internacional, died in a helicopter crash. The helicopter carrying him crashed in the Brazilian state of Góis.