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Posted: November 29, 2016

Video surfaces of doomed soccer team flight minutes before plane disappeared from radar

History of Air Disasters Involving Sports Teams


            Video surfaces of doomed soccer team flight minutes before plane disappeared from radar
In this Nov. 2, 2016 photo, players of Brazil's Chapecoense team pose before a Copa Sudamericana soccer match against Argentina's San Lorenzo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Top row from left, goalkeeper Marcos Danilo Padilha, Bruno Rangel Domingues, Helio Hermito Zampier Neto, Cleber Santana Loureiro, Willian Thiago. Bottom row from left, Guilherme Gimenez de Souza, Ananias Eloi Castro Monteiro, Tiago 'Tiaguinho' Da Rocha Vieira, Matheus Bitencourt da Silva, Dener Assuncao Braz and Jose 'Gil' Gildeixon Clemente de Paiva. A plane carrying the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense team that was on it's way for a Copa Sudamericana final match against Colombia's Atletico Nacional crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombian officials said Tuesday, Nov. 29.

By Patrick McMahon

TMZ has released video from the Medellin-bound flight carrying a Brazilian soccer team that crashed early Tuesday morning.

Laughing and smiling, defender Alan Ruschel and teammate Danilo Padilha pose for a video posted to Ruschel’s Instagram. Minutes later, their charter plane disappeared from radar. Both survived the crash, though Padilha is said to have succumbed to injuries after transport to a hospital. Their soccer team, Chapecoense, from the small Brazilian town of Chapeco, was scheduled to land in Medellin to play in the finals of a South American soccer championship.

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The flight originated in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, crashing just outside Medellin, Colombia; AP and Palm Beach Post reports that Colombian aviation authorities are investigating an electrical failure as well as a survivor’s report that the plane ran out of fuel.

There were 81 passengers aboard. Seventy-six have been confirmed dead in the crash.

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