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#Chapecoense And Similar Air Disasters To Hit Football

The whole Football world is in mourning after the plane crash in Colombia carrying the Brazilian football club Chapecoense Real, killed 71 people.

The team were flying to Colombia for the biggest match in their history when their plane went down shortly before landing in Medellin, late on Monday. Six of the 77 people on board survived.
It is not clear what brought down the chartered aircraft, but some unconfirmed reports have suggested there was an electrical fault, while others say the plane was low on fuel.

The air disaster joins a sad list of similar air disasters to put a frown on football loving faces.

Here are some others on the list.

1949 Superga Air Disaster:
The Superga air disaster occurred on 4 May 1949, when a Fiat G.212 of Italian Airlines, carrying the entire Torino football team crashed into the retaining wall at the back of the Basilica of Superga, which stands on the hill of Turin, with 31 victims.

The plane was carrying the team home from Lisbon, where they played a friendly match with S.L. Benfica. In the incident, the whole Torino team (almost all part of the Italy national football team) lost their lives. Club officials and carriers also perished in the accident, as well as the crew and three well-known Italian sports journalists.

The crash would deeply affect members of the national football team as they would go to the 1950 World Cup in Brazil by ship

1958 Munich Air Disaster:
The Munich air disaster occurred on 6 February 1958 when British European Airways flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany. 

On the plane was the Manchester United football team, along with supporters and journalists. Twenty of the 44 on the aircraft died at the scene. The injured, some unconscious, were taken to the Rechts der Isar Hospital in Munich where three more died, resulting in 23 fatalities with 21 survivors.

1987 Alianza Lima Air Disaster:

The 1987 Alianza Lima air disaster took place on 8 December 1987, when a plane chartered by Peruvian football club Alianza Lima plunged into the Pacific Ocean six miles short of its destination. 

On board the flight were a total of 44 players, managers, staff, cheerleaders, and crewmembers, of whom only the pilot survived the accident. The team was returning from a Peruvian league match in Pucallpa.

At the time, it was the eighth-worst accident in the history of Peruvian aviation. The Peruvian Football Federation chose not to end the football season early, despite the loss of what amounted to the majority of Alianza's team; the club played their last few matches with retired volunteers including Teófilo Cubillas and César Cueto, players from its youth teams, and players loaned by Chilean club Colo Colo.

1993 Gabon Air Disaster:
The Gabon Disaster happened April 28 1993 shortly after the Military plane the Zambia national soccer team was using to fly to a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal. 

Shortly after a refueling stop in Libreville on their way to Senegal for a 1994 World Cup qualifier, the plane went down killing into the Atlantic.

The Chipolopolo were a very promising Zambia national team. At the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul they thrashed Italy 4–0. They had their eyes on the 1993 Africa Cup of Nations trophy and a place at their first World Cup.[4]

All 30 passengers and crew, including 18 players, as well as the national team coach and support staff, died in the accident

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