'Very sad day': Brazilian teammates killed in plane crash tragedy

Andrew Reid
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Pictured here, rescue team members survey the scene of the plane crash in Brazil.
Brazilian football has been rocked the news that five members of fourth-tier club Palmas were tragically killed in a plane crash. Pic: Twitter

The football world has been left devastated by a plane crash tragedy in Brazil that claimed five members of a team and the pilot of the aircraft.

The president of Brazilian fourth-tier soccer club Palmas, and four of the team's players, all died after a small plane taking them to a domestic cup game crashed on take-off.

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The club said president Lucas Meira, along with players Lucas Praxedes, Guilherme Noe, Ranule and Marcus Molinari, all died.

The pilot, named only as Wagner, was also killed in the crash.

"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."

The tragic incident has left the football world shocked and saddened, with tributes being left for the victims and their families on social media.

Team was heading to play cup match

The plane was heading to Goiania, around 800 km 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 accident, which was just the latest to hit Brazilian football in recent years.

In 2016, almost the entire Chapecoense squad were killed when a plane taking them to the Copa Sudamericana final in Colombia crashed on a hillside outside Medellin.

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

with AAP

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