“A chartered plane with a Brazilian first division soccer team crashed near Medellin while on its way to the finals of a regional tournament, killing 75 people, Colombian officials said. Six people survived.” said the Canadian Press.
On their way to Columbia, the Brazilian had a devastating accident with their plane running out of fuel, along with heavy rain storm and electrical failure, were about 22 miles away from the airport. Out of all that survived, three of them were soccer players, two airline members and one Journalist.
The Chapecoense defender, Alan Ruschel, suffered from a spinal injury. His teammates, Helio Zampier and Jakson Follmann, suffered from multiple trauma injuries, with the doctors having to amputate Jakson Follmann’s right leg. “The journalist and the two airline crew members are in stable condition.” said the doctors.
When this tragedy happened, the soccer-mad of Brazil were stunned. The Brazilian government said, “The government will do everything to ease the pain for the families.” Due to the accident, the South America Soccer Federation canceled all soccer games until further notice.
On Tuesday, thousands of fans were in Arena Coda heartbroken because few have lost family. Around the world, the teams that were playing that Tuesday paid tribute to the team.
Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador of United Nations, tweeted: “#Chapecoense Cinderella dream ended tragically. Our prayers are with all those killed in heartbreaking plane crash & their loved ones.”
“This is a very, very sad day for football,” Infantino said. “At this difficult time our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends. FIFA would like to extend its most heartfelt condolences to the fans of Chapecoense, the football community and media organizations concerned in Brazil.”
The president of the team’s board, Plínio de Nes Filho, spoke to Globo news. “Yesterday morning, I said goodbye to them; they said they were going in search of a dream to turn this dream into a reality for us,” he said. “The dream ended.” Along with the President, The Vice President, Ivan Tozzo, wiped tears away saying, “It is very sad the news we received this morning. We never expected it,” he said, speaking from the team’s dressing room. “A team getting international attention, and a tragedy like this happens, it is very difficult and a very big sadness, but we will put faith in God.”