Chapecoense Soccer Players Who Missed Doomed Flight Cope With Loss

Chapecoense Soccer Players Who Missed Doomed Flight Cope With Loss

Chapecoense Soccer Players Who Missed Doomed Flight Cope With Loss

In Chapeco, a small town in southern Brazil, an indigenous tribe pays tribute to the dead players at the stadium.

Some 100,000 fans, about half the city's population, were expected to attend, as were Brazilian President Michel Temer and Gianni Infantino, president of world soccer governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Lamia's operational license was suspended and an investigation launched into its owners, Public Works Minister Milton Claros said at a press conference.

Sunderland AFC will hold a minute's silence ahead of their Premier League game with Leicester City this weekend, as a mark of respect to the 71 people killed on board Brazilian side Chapecoense's team flight this week.

Early indications suggest the airliner ran out of fuel, lost electrical power and was preparing for an emergency landing as it smashed into the mountains in central Colombia.

Chapecoense spokesman Andrei Copetti defended the team's decision, saying that more than 30 clubs had used the Bolivia-based company, LaMia airlines, including Argentina and Bolivia, and that the team itself had flown on its flights before.

An airport official raised the concern after checking the plane's flight plan, Bolivia's Deber newspaper said.

On the audiotape, the pilot can be heard repeatedly requesting permission to land because of a "total electric failure" while a female controller gives instructions.

Chapecoense Soccer Players Who Missed Doomed Flight Cope With Loss

The flight missed a planned refuelling stop in Cobija, on the border between Brazil and Bolivia, because the airport did not operate at night, Brazil's O Globo newspaper reported.

"I think it's fair to say the search is winding down", Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said. In such situations, he said, the pilot decides whether to refuel.

"We Brazilians will never forget the way in which Colombians have felt as their own the pain of this awful disaster that ended the historic dream of Chapecoense", Foreign Minister Jose Serra told the crowds in Medellin.

Two of the Bolivian flight crew and a journalist also survived along with the three players.

Among surviving players, goalkeeper Jackson Follmann's right leg was amputated, while defender Helio Neto was in intensive care with severe trauma to his skull, thorax and lungs.

Defender Alan Ruschel, 27, had spinal surgery, but his movements were not affected, they added.

Investigators said it would take at least six months to analyse the plane's black box recorders and reach a conclusion.

They included Chapeco mayor Luciano Buligon, who arrived Wednesday in Medellin to oversee the return of the bodies along with Brazilian Foreign Minister Jose Serra.

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