Following the tragic crash of a plane carrying an entire Brazilian football club team, a video showing
the players before the incident has emerged.
The football team
A Brazilian first division soccer team heading
to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has suffered a horrific misfortune after their plane crashed.
The chartered aircraft with 81 people on board, including the team crashed on its way to Medellin’s international airport.
"It’s a tragedy of huge proportions,"
Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez Gutierrez told Blu Radio on his way to the site in a mountainous area outside the city where
Aviation authorities said the aircraft, a British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane operated by a Bolivian charter airline named Lamia, declared an emergency at 10 p.m. Monday (0300 GMT) due to an electrical failure.
Authorities and rescuers were immediately activated but an air force helicopter had to turn back due to low visibility.
The aircraft, which made a stop in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was transporting the first division Chapecoense soccer team from southern Brazil. The team was scheduled to play Wednesday in the first of a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin.
The plane was carrying 72 passengers and nine
crew members, aviation authorities said in a statement. Local radio said the same aircraft transported Argentina’s national squad for a match earlier this month in Brazil.
Now, a new video published on the team’s Facebook page has shown the team getting ready for the flight earlier Monday in Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos international airport.
The team, from the small city of Chapeco, joined
Brazil’s first division in 2014
for the first time since the 1970s and made it to the Copa Sudamericana finals last week by defeating Argentina’s legendary San Lorenzo squad.
Watch the video below: