Chartered flight 2933 crashes in Colombia killing 81 passengers
Tragedy struck the world yet again today the 29th of November when chartered flight 2933 crashed in Cerro Gordo Colombia at about 10 pm on Monday killing 75 of 81 passengers on board. . It was even more heart rending to know that among the 81 passengers, 22 were soccer players of Premier Brazilian club Chapecoense. They were travelling from Bolivia to Medellin for their Chapecoense’s Copa Sudamerica finals match against Alteicao scheduled to take place at Medellin, Colombia.
Among 22 journalists accompanied the football players, none survived except one. In the latest reports, just 5 people survived the crash among which were three players, 2 crew members and a journalist.
1 Only 3 players have survived
For the five people who survived the ill fated flight, it may have been a miracle. The three Chapecoense players who survived were Zampier Neto. Alan Ruschel (image below) who was severely injured and Jakson Follmann. Goalkeeper Danilo survived the impact only to succumb to his injuries later in hospital. The journalist who survived was Raphael Valmorbida and the two crew members were Ximena Suárez and Erwin Tumiri.
Football teams across the entire country of Brazil are expressing solidarity with those who died as it was a great loss to the game. Brazilian President Michel Tamer has declared three days of morning.
2 Lost contact with ground control at 10 pm despite clearance
Obviously there are several being questions asked as to why the chartered flight 2933 crashed. Till now there is now concrete evidence of anything but flight controllers are suspecting either stormy weather, electrical fault or the plane ran out of fuel. The Plane a British made Aerospace 146 was given the all clear by flight controllers on the ground to land, but it just didn’t make it losing ATC contact at around midnight.
Even as we speak, rescue efforts though hampered by bad weather were being carried out on a war footing. Almost 90 emergency workers were on site including an investigation team from UK’s air accidents investigation branch.
3 Heartbreaking tweets around the net
Heartbreaking stories involving the soccer players are now being reported from Brazil. A Brazilian sports website Globe Esporte reported that one of the victims Player Thiaguinho had found out a week ago that he was to be a father for the first time.
Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea also tweeted that he once shared a locker with one of the players who died, Cleber Santana. “Deeply affected by Medellin’s plane crash. I shared locker with Cleber Santana and it’s difficult to reveal how I feel. A huge hug.”
4 Fans gather at Stadium for condolences and prayer
At Chapecoense’s stadium in Conda Arena, Chapeco, Fans were seen gathering to mourn the loss of their team killed in chartered flight 2933 crash. Crowds of supporters wearing the team colors wept and placed flowers at the foot of the team flag. Many were seen joining in Prayer “Igor Damo, a local priest, told the newspaper: “There isn’t much to say right now. We have be praying lots and hugging each other. It is a time for hugs.”
It truly is a time for prayer after such an accident of epic proportion. At a time of such loss and sadness, there is little one can do but express solidarity as all soccer teams and fans around the world are doing and say a prayer for the souls to rest in peace.