Facebook Live vid shows Brazilian footie team’s final moments before boarding doomed plane


The plane was carrying more than 80 people – including 22 members of Brazilian football team Chapecoense – when it came down.

Players from the team had appeared in a Facebook Live broadcast from the airport just hours before the fateful crash.

The footage shows a number of club officials dressed in Chapecoense colours and official team tracksuits standing around in an airport departure lounge waiting to check in.

On the club’s official Facebook page, fans have been leaving emotional tributes to the team.

“I am from Rio de Janeiro and I am praying for you. May God and Our Lady send their angels to take care of you all,” said one suppporter.

“May God keep them all alive,” another wrote.

The team had been travelling from neighbouring Bolivia in order to play in the Copa Sudamerica final on Wednesday when the aircraft came down.

Authorities have confirmed that the plane was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew on board when it was downed en route to Medellin international airport.

Early reports suggest there are at least six survivors.

Local media outlets reported that the plane crashed late on Monday night after suffering power failures while flying through the mountainous Antioquia Department in northern Colombia.

The crash site, located 30 minutes outside of the small town of La Union, is only accessible by road due to steep terrain and low visibility, hampering the rescue operation.

Chapecoense – whose nickname, Verdão, translates as Big Green – were due to compete in the final of the Copa Sudamericana – South America’s second tier club competition.

The winner of the Copa Sudamericana is granted automatic qualification for the illustrious Copa Libertadores – the football-mad continent’s Champions League equivalent.

Like each previous round of the tournament, the final is a two-legged affair played both home and away.

Chapecoense were scheduled to play the first leg away at Atletico Nacional in Medellin, with the return fixture in Brazil on December 7.