A further 21 journalists who had been accompanying the players to what was their biggest match in the club's history also lost their lives.Brazil really has been plagued with tragedy and sadness.How many families must there be in that land mourning right now?
Several players of top teams all over the world such as Barcelona,Real Madrid and Chelsea football clubs have expressed their sorrow and sympathy towards the families of the dead footballers.Stars such as Wayne Rooney,David De Gea who said he shared locker rooms with one of the players and David Luiz have shared tweets expressing their condolences.
The team's rise had been the fairy tale story of Brazil football,only a few years ago,2009 to be exact,saw them playing in the fourth division.The team that was formed only in 1973 then made a remarkable rise to the top division and only just missed out on the South American version of the champions league,Copa Libertadores,but the fairy take did not end because they did qualify for the version of the Europa league,the Copa Sudamericana.They were to play the first leg on Wednesday.
The Brazilian Football Confederation has announced a seven-day mourning period, during which all matches have been postponed, while the Brazilian government have declared a nationwide three days of mourning.
The greatest football player of his generation Pele called the it a tragic loss and prayed for the dead soccer players to rest in peace.
Neymar decided to use the trending hashtag #ForcaChape, to express his feelings.
Diego Maradona wrote:
This is not the first time the world has been hit with football tragedies.Manchester United,the most famous club in the world were in the Munich crash tragedy after playing an European match and on their way home.23 people died in that crash.
In Africa,the Zambia national team perished in the Gabon sea in 1993.
The reason for the Chapecoense plane crash is not known yet and investigations are still going on.Reports says the weather was bad and stormy at the time of the incident.The bad weather also played a part in that it prevented rescuers from getting to the accident scene.There are also unconfirmed reports that electrical fault or lack of fuel might have bee the cause.It would be very sad if it is learnt that any of this reasons was the cause.Because it would mean the deaths could have been totally avoidable.
RIP to the dead.