Colombia crash: Tragic stories emerge from wreckage

  • 30/11/2016
Fans of Chapecoense soccer team mourn the tragedy (Reuters)
Fans of Chapecoense soccer team mourn the tragedy (Reuters)

A number of heart-breaking stories have followed Monday's Colombian plane crash tragedy, including the death of Chapecoense player Tiago da Rocha Vieira, who celebrated his impending fatherhood just one week earlier.

Footage has emerged online showing the team forward, known as Thiaguinho, dancing for joy in a hotel room after finding out his wife was just over a month pregnant with a baby boy.

The video shows him dancing and chanting with his friends.

Family members posted the video online after news the 22-year-old was one of the dead in the crash.

Tiaguinho's cousin, Gilmara Marins, told CNN the family was in shock.

"His wife's pregnancy is a small miracle. It is a small part of Tiaguinho that stays behind with us. We are thankful," Ms Marins said.

The couple were also only days away from their one-year anniversary - having got married on December 12, 2015.

Tiaguinho was an "incredibly caring" person, Ms Marins said.

Another tragic story to emerge from the disaster is of Chapecoense goalkeeper Marcos Danilo Padilha, who was rescued from the crash and managed to make a phone call to his wife before he died.

Local media reported Danilo was one of the seven who were found alive in the plane's wreckage in the Colombian jungle near Medellin.

The 31-year-old was rushed to hospital, where he called his wife, but soon died from his injuries.

An image has emerged reportedly showing three Chapecoense players who were not playing in the final, left grief-stricken after their team-mates died in the tragic accident.

Brazil's top flight soccer teams offered to loan players to Chapecoense for next season after the small southern club lost almost all their players in the crash.

The teams on Tuesday also asked the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) to give Chapecoense a three-year exemption from relegation - the process through which teams are assigned to a lower classification if they do not perform well.

The Brazilian team were on their way to Medellin to play Colombian side Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, South America's equivalent of the Europa League, when their plane crashed into a hillside on Monday night.

"It is the minimum gesture of solidarity that is within our reach at this point in time but it is borne of the sincerest desire to reconstruct this institution and that part of Brazilian football that was lost today," the statement said.

The CBF did not immediately respond to the offer.

Wednesday's final was cancelled and all games scheduled for the upcoming week in Brazil were postponed.

Reuters / Newshub.