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Four players and president of Brazilian club Palmas killed in plane crash

Jack Rosser
·1-min read
 (Instagram/PalmasFR)
(Instagram/PalmasFR)

Four players and the president of Brazilian football club Palmas have been killed after their plane crashed on the way to a match on Sunday.

The accident occurred in the northern state of Tocantins when the plane suddenly plunged to the ground at the end of the runway while taking off.

There were no survivors, the club have said. The victims have been identified as president Lucas Meira and players Lucas Praxedes, Guilherme Noe, Ranule and Marcus Molinari, as well as the pilot. The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

Palmas Futebol e Regatas was founded in 1997 and plays in Brazil's fourth division.

The players were on their way to Goiania, in the central region of Brazil, to play a cup match against Vila Nova.

It is the second air disaster to hit Brazilian football in recent years after 19 Chapecoense players and coaching staff died in a plane crash in Colombia in 2016.