June 20, 2021

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Tragedy in Brazil as four players and president of Palmas killed in plane crash

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Four players and the president of Palmas football club have died after the small plane taking them to a Brazilian cup game crashed during take-off.

The fourth tier club said president Lucas Meira, along with players Lucas Praxedes, Guilherme Noe, Ranule and Marcus Molinari, all died. The pilot was also killed.

“The plane took off and crashed at the end of the runway at the Tocantinense Aviation Association,” a small airfield near the city of Palmas, the club said.

“We regret to report there are no survivors.”

The plane was heading to Goiania, around 800km away, where Palmas were due to play Vila Nova on Monday in the last 16 of the Copa Verde, a tournament reserved for teams outside the traditional powerhouses of southern and northeastern Brazil.

In 2016, almost the entire Chapecoense squad were killed when a plane taking them to the Copa Sudamericana final in Colombia crashed on a hillside outside Medellin.

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