Brazilian Goalkeeper Made Final Phone Call to His Wife Before Dying From Plane Crash Injuries
The goalkeeper of the Brazilian soccer team aboard a doomed flight to Colombia made a final phone call to his wife before succumbing to his injuries.
Marcos Danilo, 31, was flying with his Chapecoense teammates when their plane went down near the town of La Ceja in Colombia.
According to reports, the devoted husband and dad of one initially survived the crash and was able to call his wife from a hospital bed. But he later died.
The plane, which was en route to Medellin, Colombia, where the Brazilian squad was to play the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana against Colombian team Atletico Nacional, crashed near the city where they were supposed to land.
The plane was carrying 77 people, including members of the Chapecoense team and members of the media, as well as nine crew members. Six people have survived the tragedy.
The six survivors included players Jakson Follmann, 24, Helio Hermito Zampier Neto, 31, Alan Ruschel, 27, as well as journanalist Rafael Henzel Valmorbida and crew members Ximena Suárez and Erwin Tumiri.
On Tuesday afternoon, Colombian authorities said four people did not board the fatal flight.
BREAKING: Colombian officials lower crash death toll to 71 from 75, saying 4 people didn't board flight.— The Associated Press (@AP) November 29, 2016
Authorities also recovered the plane's black boxes Tuesday afternoon.
Investigators are still working to figure out the cause of the crash. Aviation authorities said that the plane carrying the team declared an emergency due to an electrical failure before the crash.
The same British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a Bolivian charter airline LaMia, was used earlier in the month to carry one of the sport’s most recognizable faces – Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentina national team.
Colombian squad Atletico Nacional have asked CONMEBOL, South America’s governing soccer body, to award Chapecoense the Copa Sudamericana title.
In a statement, the team said: “After worrying about the human aspect, we thought about the competitive aspect and we want to publish this statement in which Atletico Nacional asks CONMEBOL to present the title for the Copa Sudamericana to Chapecoense to honor their big loss and as a posthumous honor to the victims of the fatal accident that our sport mourns. For our part, and forever, Chapecoense [is] the Champion of the Copa Sudamericana 2016."
Also aboard the flight were six employees of Fox Sports, who all perished in the crash.
"The families, friends and colleagues of those affected are deep in our thoughts at this difficult time," the Murdoch family, which own Fox Sports, said in a statement. "We are doing everything we can to help manage the situation and take care of all of our people and the families impacted by this tragedy. In support of these efforts, we are setting up a fund in honor of our colleagues. More details to come. We are sorry to bring you this sad news today. We will all keep our colleagues in our thoughts and prayers.”
On Wednesday, the fans who were supposed to witness a soccer match inside the Atanasio Girardot Sports Complex, will instead hold a vigil for the players lost.
Tributes from around the soccer world have poured in following the news of the crash.
Manchester United tweeted their support for the Brazilian club.
United lost eight players after a plane they were chartering crashed in Munich, Germany, in 1958. Twenty-three of the 44 victims, including supporters, employees of the squad and journalists traveling with the team perished. Twenty-one people survived.
Torino Football Club also tweeted their condolences. The Northern Italian club faced a similar tragedy in 1949 when a plane carrying the entire team crashed into the Basilica of Superga near Turin. All 31 on board were killed.
Icons of Brazilian soccer like Pele, Kaka, Neymar and Ronaldinho all expressed their condolences on social media.
A família de futebol brasileiro está de luto. Chapecoense é um time de uma cidade pequena do interior do estado de Santa Catarina. Eles chegaram no nível elite do futebol brasileiro e até do futebol sul-americano. Isso é uma tragédia. Mando minhas condolências às famílias dos falecidos e que Deus possa abençoar e consolar os seus entes queridos. Descansem em paz meus irmãos jovens. // Brazilian football is in mourning. Chapecoense is a team from a small city in the interior of the state of Santa Catarina. They reached the elite levels of Brazilian and Latin American football. It is such a tragic loss. My sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and may God bless and console their loved ones. Rest in peace my young brothers.
Impossível acreditar nessa tragédia, impossível acreditar no ocorrido, impossível acreditar que o avião caiu, impossível acreditar que atletas, seres humanos estavam nesse avião, impossível acreditar que essas pessoas deixaram suas famílias .. é IMPOSSÍVEL ACREDITAR!!! Hoje o Mundo chora, mas o céu se alegra em receber Campeões. Meus sentimentos a todos os familiares e amigos 😥😓😢😭 FORÇA CHAPE 👊🏽🙏🏽🙌🏽
Other big names of the game like David Beckham, Carlo Ancelotti, Paulo and Maldini all expressed sympathy following the news.
CONMEBOL has suspended all activity until further notice.