The crash killed 71 of the 76 people aboard the plane operated by the Bolivian carrier LaMia. The team lost most of its players and coaches. Only three players survived. A probe into the crash determined the plane ran out of fuel and was overloaded. "Glory was close," said Andres Botero, president of Atletico Nacional, the Colombian team that Chapecoense was going to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana tournament last year. "Tragedy crushed their dream," Botero added.
One year on, the victims of the Chapecoense plane crash are remembered.Gone but never forgotten. pic.twitter.com/6z5ERGchpa — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 29, 2017
A memorial plaque was unveiled in the town square as part of the remembrance activities, which were also to feature two Masses and flyover of the crash site by a Colombian air force jet. A separate memorial ceremony was planned for just after midnight in the town of Chapeco itself. The plane crash took place a year ago Tuesday Colombia time, early Wednesday Brazil time.
One year ago today, 71 people died when a plane carrying Chapecoense's squad crashed.Gone but never forgotten. pic.twitter.com/Ynq45pIAU0 — ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 28, 2017
An outpouring of tributes came from towering figures in the world of football. "Today my heart is in Chapeco," Brazilian legend Pele wrote on Twitter. "It is a day to remember and pray for those who went to heaven too soon."
Goal spoke to Chapecoense goalkeeper Jakson Follmann about the 12 months since the plane crash that tore his team apart... pic.twitter.com/8agMhZsOWi— Goal (@goal) November 28, 2017
Current Brazilian star Neymar told Spanish TV, "All of us Brazilians carry them in our hearts."
Hoje meu coração está em Chapecó. É um dia para recordar e rezar para aqueles que foram para o céu cedo demais. Que Deus possa confortar as famílias. // Today my heart is in Chapecó. I pray for those who went to heaven too early. May God comfort their families. ?? ?— Pelé (@Pele) November 28, 2017
One year after the tragic plane crash, fans of Chapecoense reflect on the moment, and what's to come. pic.twitter.com/D4SZCzE6bp— Goal UK (@GoalUK) November 28, 2017