Four footballers from Palmas, a club in the Brazilian fourth division, its president and a pilot died this Sunday in a plane crash in the northern state of Tocantins. According to a club statement, the accident occurred early this Sunday, shortly after the plane took off to Goiania (in the state of Goiás), where it was supposed to play a match against Vila Nova on Monday.
The plane, in which the president of the club, Lucas Meira, the footballers Lucas Praxedes, Guilherme Noé, Ranule and Marcus Molinari and the pilot, identified as Commander Wagner, “took off and fell at the end of the runway of the Aviation Association of Tocantins (60 kilometers from Palmas, capital of Tocantins) »without survivors, details the Palmas statement, released by the local press.
“At this time of pain and dismay, the club asks for prayers for family members, who will be given the proper support,” added the statement. Several of the most important clubs in Brazil, including Flamengo, Sao Paulo and Palmeiras, expressed their regret and conveyed their condolences to the families, friends and fans of the victims.
Likewise, Chapecoense – the Brazilian club that shocked the world in 2016 when the plane in which they were traveling to play the final of the Copa Sudamericana in Colombia suffered an accident that caused 71 deaths, including those of 19 players – showed its “profound sadness ”for the accident, on his Twitter account.