Plane crash kills president, 4 players from Brazilian soccer club Palmas

Liz Roscher
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Sevilla's midfielder Jesus Navas kicks the ball during the Spanish league football match Sevilla FC vs Las Palmas at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLER        (Photo credit should read CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)
The Brazilian soccer club Palmas lost four players and its president to a plane crash on Sunday. (Cristina Quicler/AFP via Getty Images)

Tragedy struck Brazilian soccer club Palmas on Sunday when four players and the president of the club died in a plane crash, the club announced.

“The plane took off and crashed at the end of the runway at the Tocantinense Aviation Association,” the club said via Reuters. “We regret to report there are no survivors.”

The small plane took off from the Tocantinense Aviation Association, a small airfield near Palmas, on Sunday to bring club president Lucas Meira and players Lucas Praxedes, Guilherme Noe, Ranule and Marcus Molinari to a game in Goiania. The club said that the pilot, who they only identified as Wagner, also died.

Palmas, a fourth-tier club, was set to play a Brazilian cup game against Vila Nova on Monday. The trip from Palmas to Goiania is about 500 miles. According to the Daily Mail, the Brazilian Football Confederation has postponed the game.

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