A horrific plane crash has claimed the lives of four players and the president of a Brazilian football club.
Four Palmas players and their club president were on the small aircraft going to Goiania, around 500 miles away for their Brazilian cup game against Vila Nova on Monday in the Copa Verde.
The pilot of the small plane was also reported to have died as fourth-tier team Palmas said there were no survivors.
The club announced that president Lucas Meira, as well as players Lucas Praxedes, Guilherme Noe, Ranule, and Marcus Molinari, all died including the pilot, named as Wagner.
A statement from Palmas said:
‘The plane took off and crashed at the end of the runway at the Tocantinense Aviation Association.
‘We regret to report there are no survivors.’
In 2016, a plane crash killed 19 players of the Chapecoense football club. Chapecoense’s plane went down en route to the club’s first-ever South American tournament final in Colombia after it ran out of fuel near Medellin.
“Unfortunately, we know what this moment of pain is like and we wish that no other group had to feel the same,” Chapecoense said in a statement. “You won’t go through this alone.”