Marcos Danilo survived the plane crash but died after speaking to his wife. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied
Marcos Danilo survived the plane crash but died after speaking to his wife. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied

Goalkeeper pulled from plane dies after 'calling wife'

The Chapecoense goalkeeper who was pulled from the wreckage of a chartered plane carrying 81 people which crashed outside the Colombian city of Medellin has died.

Marcos Danilo Padilha, 31, was initially taken to a local hospital, but team spokesman Andrei Copetti later confirmed he had died.

The Sun reported he made a heartbreaking final call to his wife before he died in hospital.

Players who did not make the trip were pictured breaking down in despair as they mourned the 76 people who died on Flight LMI2933.

Players Alan Luciano Ruschel and Jakson Ragnar Follmann were listed as survivors in a statement from Colombia's disaster management agency.

"Six people were rescued alive, but unfortunately one died. The rest of the occupants unfortunately died. The tragic toll is 76 victims," Jose Gerardo Acevedo, regional police commander, told journalists.

Marcos Danilo survived the plane crash but died in hospital. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied
Marcos Danilo survived the plane crash but died in hospital. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied

World governing body FIFA said on Twitter its "thoughts were with the victims, their families, fans of Chapecoense and media organisations in Brazil on this tragic day".

Brazilian President Michel Temer expressed his grief: "I express my solidarity in this sad hour during which tragedy has beset dozens of Brazilian families," he said, adding that Brazil's foreign ministry and Air Force were working to assist the relatives.

"The government will do all it can to alleviate the pain of the friends and family of sport and national journalism."

Chapecoense qualified for the biggest game in their history after overcoming Argentine club San Lorenzo in the semi-final on away goals following a 1-1 draw in Buenos Aires and a 0-0 draw at home.

They were very much the underdogs for the match against a club going for a rare double after winning the Copa Libertadores in July.

Chapecoense were the 21st biggest club in Brazil in terms of revenue, bringing in 46 million reais ($13.5 million) in 2015, according to an annual rich list compiled by Brazilian bank Itau BBA.

The club has built its success on a frugal spending policy that eschewed big money signings and instead concentrated on blending young talent and experienced journeymen.

Their best-known player was Cleber Santana, a midfielder whose best years were spent in Spain with Atletico Madrid and Mallorca. Coach Caio Junior was also experienced, having managed at some of Brazil's biggest clubs, Botafogo, Flamengo and Palmeiras among them.

Colombia plane crash: Brazilian soccer team amid 75 dead

A plane carrying 81 people, including the squad of a top-flight Brazilian football team, has crashed in mountains outside the Colombian city of Medellin, killing 75 people on board.

The plane was carrying Brazilian football team Chapecoense to the biggest game in its history when it crashed.

The plane was on its way to the city's international airport from Bolivia when it crashed amid poor weather conditions.

The crash occurred shortly after 10pm local time (3am GMT) on Monday night. It is believed the pilots reported an electrical fault to the control tower, but investigators are also looking into reports the plane ran out of fuel before it crashed.

Authorities said there were at least six survivors.

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"May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests traveling with our delegation," the club said in a brief statement, adding it would not comment further until the extent of the crash became clearer.

"Confirmed, the aircraft license number CP2933 was carrying the team @ChapecoenseReal. Apparently there are survivors," the Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro airport, which serves Medellin, said on its Twitter account.

Flight CP2933 departed Bolivia's Santa Cruz airport at 6.18pm Bolivia time (10.18pm GMT), according to flight tracking websites. It had 72 passengers on board and nine crew members.

Colombia's civil aviation head, Alfredo Bocanegra, said there were 75 confirmed fatalities, with six injured survivors.

They were listed as three players, a journalist and two members of the flight crew.

Two of the six were in grave condition.

Airport authorities in Medellin said on Twitter that poor weather made the crash site only accessible by road, and in the early hours of Tuesday they said the rescue effort had been suspended "because of heavy rain in the accident area".

"It's a tragedy of huge proportions," Medellin's Mayor Federico Gutierrez told Blu Radio on his way to the site.

Chapecoense is a team from southern Brazil, currently ranked 9th in the Brasileiro top division, and was scheduled to play the Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin.

Conmebol, the South American Football Confederation, issued a statement saying it "greatly regrets what happened" and that "all activities of the Confederation are suspended until further notice." The confederation's President, Alejandro Domínguez, was en route to Medellín.

The aircraft was an Avro RJ85, built in 1999 and previously owned by CityJet of Dublin. The model has a good safety record. It had reportedly carried the Argentinian national football team earlier this month.

Plane carrying more than 80 passengers crashes in Colombia

A PLANE carrying more than 80 passengers has crashed en route from Bolivia to Colombia. 

Associated Press reports the plane departed Bolivia early on Tuesday and crashed en route to Medellin International Airport. 

The pilot reportedly radioed in electrical issues shortly after take-off. 

Local media has confirmed there were survivors. 

On board was a Brazilian football team, Chapecoense, who were en route to play Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin.

Medellin's mayor, Federico Gutierrez, said that it is possible there are survivors.

"It's a tragedy of huge proportions," Gutierrez told Blu Radio

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