NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – A heartbreaking event occurred in Brazil. A small plane carrying the president and four players of Palmas Futbol e Regatas, a Brazilian fourth division club, crashed during takeoff, Sunday (24/1) local time.
A total of six people, including four footballers and the president of Brazilian club Palmas, were killed after the plane they were travelling in crashed in Tocantins State.
The Palmas club, who play in the Brazilian Serie D League, reported in its statement that the club’s pilot and president Lucas Meira (32) was killed in the crash along with four players, namely Guilherme Noe (28), Lucas Praxedes (23), Ranule (27), and Marcos Molinari (23).
The tragedy occurred after the plane took off from the runway in the inland city of Porto Nacional, Tocantins State, bound for the neighboring state of Goias to play against Vila Nova on Monday (25/1) in the Green Cup tournament.
“We are heartily reporting that there are no survivors,” said a statement from the Palmas club.
The accident happened around 8:15 a.m. local time, according to the local fire service.
Football clubs from across Brazil offered their condolences for the tragedy via social media.
It is the latest plane crash to hit Brazilian football in recent years. (mic)