Four footballers and the club president die in the crash

BFour football players and the president of the Palmas Futebol e Regatas club were killed in an accident involving a small plane in Brazil. The pilot also died in the accident on Sunday morning in the central Brazilian state of Toncantin, as the fourth division announced. The plane crashed while taking off from a small airfield in the municipality of Porto Nacional. There are no survivors. Pictures in media reports showed the wreck of the machine a few meters from the runway in flames. There was initially no information on the cause.

The players and club president Lucas Meira were reportedly on their way to the city of Goiânia, where Palmas was to play a game in the regional Copa Verde cup competition against third division club Vila Nova on Monday. The game has been postponed indefinitely, as announced by the Brazilian Football Association CBF. The victim should therefore be remembered with a minute of silence in every game in Brazil on Sunday.

On November 28, 2016, a plane belonging to the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense crashed on the way to Medellín for the first leg of the South American Cup Copa Sudamericana in Colombia. 71 people were killed, including almost all the players, as well as supervisors, coaches and accompanying journalists. Six passengers survived. The Colombian Aviation Authority later identified a lack of petrol as the cause of the tragedy.

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