Tens of thousands of people flooded a Brazilian football stadium to pay their respects to the victims of the Chapecoense plane crash yesterday
Michel Temer, the Brazilian president, bestowed honours on the dead as the Air Force unloaded 50 coffins which had been flown in from Colombia, the site of Monday’s disaster which killed 71 people.
Meanwhile in Chapeco, the home town of the Chapecoense team, the buildings were draped in the club’s signature green, The Mirror reports.
Thousands of mourners also attended a wake at the Chapecoense stadium which has become something of an impromptu shrine made of fresh flowers, handmade posters and flags.
In thanks for the support football fans and clubs around the world have given the team, Chapecoense hung a black banner on the outside of the stadium.
The banner read: ‘We looked for one word to thank all the kindness and we found many,’ followed by the words ‘thank you’ in over a dozen languages.
Around half the city’s population, roughly 100,000 people, were expected to attend the wake as well as Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA .
Monday’s shocking crash horrified football fans around the world over and sent the people of Brazil into mourning.
Only six people survived the crash including just three members of the Chapecoense team and it’s being reported Brazil that the plane crashed because it had barely enough fuel to make the flight from Bolivia.
Bolivian President Evo Morales has promised to take ‘drastic measures’ to determine what caused the crash and the airline’s operating license has been suspended while the investigation is on going.