A History of Air Disasters Involving Sports Teams


Rescue workers removing bodies of victims at the site of a plane crash on the outskirts of Medellín, Colombia, on Tuesday.

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Plane crashes are almost invariably tragic, and they can be uniquely devastating when a sports team is involved.

That sense of loss was being felt deeply in Brazil on Tuesday after members of the soccer club Chapecoense de Brasil were killed on Monday when a chartered plane carrying the team crashed on the outskirts of Medellín, Colombia.

Here are some other crashes that have devastated sports teams around the world.


The site of the crash in 1949 that killed 22 members of the Turin soccer…

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