Monday night, November 28, 2016, news about the Brazilian soccer team, Chapecoense, left people all over the world heartbroken. The airplane boarded by these Brazilian soccer players, along with journalists and guests, crashed by the mountainside of Antioquian, Colombia. The plane was said to have carried 77 people during the said flight.
According to reports by CNN and USA Today, The Chapecoense team boarded a LaMia aircraft flight 2933 going to Medellin, Colombia for a competition versus the Atletico Nacional of Colombia in the Copa Sudamerica finals. The plane was said to have taken off at 6:18 p.m. local time, from Viru Viru International Airport of Bolivia. According to the International Airport of Rionegro, Colombia, an emergency was disclosed by the plane's crew at about 10 p.m. The Red Cross then affirmed that the plane might have possibly crashed at 10:30 p.m.
According to CNN's meteorologist, Michael Guy, the plane have possibly experienced turbulence due to the winds, thunderstorms and heavy rains that hit the Colombian mountains during the duration of the flight. Findings about the reason of the plane crash such as fire damage caused by electrical damages and running out of fuel have risen. Legal experts and doctors will be sent to Colombia for further investigation of the incident. As the Colombian civil aviation team puts it, "Only after their arrival will we be able to confirm the facts of this tragedy."
Among the 77 passengers onboard the LaMia plane, 71 of them were reported dead and six survivors. Along with the Brazilian team were 20 journalists to document the wonderful success story of the team. As said by Medellin mayor's office, Tomorrow in a symbol of solidarity, we will head to the stadium (Atanasio Girardot Stadium) at 6:45 pm.m wearing white and with candles for the victims." Several people also expressed their melancholy due to the accident such as what Ivan Tozzo, Vice-president of Globo SportTV, said, "The pain is terrible. Just as we had made it, I will not say to the top, but to have national prominence, a tragedy like this happens. He also added: "It is very difficult, a very great tragedy."
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