Brazilian Soccer Club Loses President, 4 Players In Horror Plane Crash

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Five members of Brazilian soccer club Palmas were killed in a plane crash Sunday morning, the team announced.

A small plane that was carrying four players and the team president crashed while taking off ahead of a Brazilian cup match.

President Lucas Meira, along with players Lucas Praxedes, Guilherme Noe, Ranule and Marcus Molinari were killed in the accident. The pilot of the plane was also killed.

“The plane took off and crashed at the end of the runway at the Tocantinense Aviation Association, a small airfield near the city of Palmas,” the club said. “We regret to report there are no survivors.”

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The plane was heading to Goiania, around 800 km (500 miles) away, where Palmas were due to play Vila Nova on Monday in the last 16 of the Copa Verde, a tournament reserved for teams outside the traditional powerhouses of southern and northeastern Brazil.

 

The club did not say what kind of a plane was involved in the air accident, which was just the latest to hit Brazilian football in recent years.

In 2016, Chapecoense, a first-division team in Brazil lost nearly their entire team when the plane that was taking them to Medillin, Colombia crashed.

Two years earlier, former Internacional captain Fernandao died when his helicopter crashed in the state of Goias.

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