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TOPIC: Brazilian Soccer Team Tragedy

Brazilian Soccer Team Tragedy 30 Nov 2016 17:22 #11117

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This week's media was filled with tragedy. On Monday November 28th, the Brazilian upper division soccer team "Chapecoense" was traveling from Bolivia to play in the first leg of the 2016 Copa Sudamericana finals against Colombian team Atlético Nacional. Not long into the flight, the plane soon crashed into a mountainside in Medellin, Columbia. There was much speculation as to why the plane crashed and they were first saying it was due to electrical problems, but now it is said to be that the plane had run out of fuel. The crash occurred in the late hours of the day.

This story really touched my heart because 76 people lost their lives that day. Only 5 out of the 81 people on that flight survived. This plane was full of young and talented soccer players who had their whole lives and careers ahead of them. This soccer team was living the dream and was having a season that has been referred as a "Cinderella" story. They were heading to the first of two matches in the final of the Copa Sudamericana. It was just such sad and terrible news not only to the soccer community, but to the whole world.

Its surreal to think that those 76 people lost their lives in the blink of an eye. I blame the pilots for continuing on with the plane ride if they were aware that they were low on fuel or possibly having electrical problems. There was also heavy winds and rain that night, and it just seems like these were all signs for the flight not to continue. Life's not fair, and these soccer players did not deserve to lose everything that they had. Planes need to be better inspected in order to prevent such tragedies from occurring.
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Brazilian Soccer Team Tragedy 30 Nov 2016 19:28 #11119

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This is extremely upsetting to me as well. I think it's really nice to note how other teams, leagues, and players are reacting to the loss though. I am a huge international soccer enthusiast and noticed that all over my Instagram feed, players, clubs, leagues, etc. were all posting their condolences with the team crest as the photo. I hurts me to know that young talent and lives were lost and it frustrates me how the pilots were so ignorant. I also noticed that teams in other leagues were wearing black arm bands to show their condolences and solidarity. Upsetting time for Colombia and soccer enthusiasts everywhere.
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