- Title: Colombia plane crash victims loaded onto planes for final flight home
- Date: 2nd December 2016
- Summary: MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA (DECEMBER 2, 2016) (REUTERS) BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE PLANE AT JOSE MARIA CORDOVA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WITH SOLDIERS STANDING BY COFFINS OF PLANE CRASH MILITARY OFFICER HOLDING BRAZILIAN FLAG ALONGSIDE ROW OF COFFIN MILITARY MEMBERS LIFTING COFFIN, PUTTING INTO PLANE, AND WALKING OUT COFFIN BEING CARRIED INTO PLANE AS ANOTHER COFFIN IS LINED UP TO TAKE ITS PLACE COFFIN BEING CARRIED INTO PLANE AS ANOTHER COFFIN IS LINED UP WITH TWO COFFINS WAITING TO BE LOADED ONTO THIS PLANE LAST COFFIN BEING LOADED ONTO PLANE PLANE CLOSING WITH COFFINS
- Embargoed: 17th December 2016 21:01
- Location: MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA
- City: MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA
- Country: Colombia
- Reuters ID: LVA0015B710LJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Dozens of coffins of those killed when a plane flying Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team crashed into a central Colombian mountain were loaded onto Brazilian air force planes in Medellin on Friday (December 2) to be flown home.
The disaster on Monday night killed 71 people and shocked soccer fans the world over. The LAMIA Bolivia BAe146 airliner apparently ran out of fuel, lost electrical power and was preparing for an emergency landing when it crashed.
In a solemn ceremony, the coffins were loaded onto planes, one by one, to be flown back to Brazil from Rionegro airport.
Only six people survived, including three members of the soccer squad en route to the Copa Sudamericana final, the biggest game in its history.
The tragedy plunged Latin America's largest nation, Brazil, into mourning as it reels from a deep recession and political crisis.
The coffins are scheduled to arrive early on Saturday morning for funeral services in Chapeco, the club's small farming hometown in southern Brazil.
Temporary structures in the team's stadium will shelter the coffins of players, staff and journalists for an open-air wake.
Some 100,000 fans, about half the city's population, are likely to attend, as is Gianni Infantino, president of world soccer governing body FIFA. Brazilian President Michel Temer was due to fly to Chapeco on Saturday morning.
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