Brazilian squad Chape makes emotional return to crash scene

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 May 2017 09:17:06


CHAPECOENSE, the scrappy Brazilian soccer club that was devastated by an airplane crash in the mountains of Colombia last year, made an emotional return to the scene of the disaster on Tuesday.

A delegation from the club, including three players who survived the accident, visited the hospital in Medellin where they received emergency treatment after being pulled from the wreckage of a chartered plane that crashed into a mountainside, killing 71 of the 77 on the flight, including 19 players.

“There’s nothing better than being back here to thank these people,” said defender Alan Ruschel, who is making a comeback from spinal injuries.

“Chape,” as the team is known, received a heartfelt welcome and military honours when it arrived Monday to Medellin for the second leg of the Recopa Sudamericana, which features the winners of Latin America’s top two club tournaments.

“It’s a relatively minor club tournament, but one that has taken on added interest this year as Chape faces off against Atletico Nacional, with which it will be forever twinned in tragedy.”