Latin America & Caribbean

Chapecoense plane crash: Brazil team and crew filmed before take-off

Some of the Chapecoense team in their seats before flying to Medellin Image copyright Gigavision
Image caption The Chapecoense team were filmed on their way to the Copa Sudamericana final

Footage has emerged of Brazilian footballers and air crew speaking to a Bolivian TV channel just before their flight to Medellin took off and later crashed into a mountainside.

The Brazilian team Chapecoense was due to compete in the Copa Sudamericana final on Wednesday.

It is believed their plane ran out of fuel, and suffered an electrical fault.

Speaking to Bolivian channel Gigavision before take-off, one crew member praised the team for climbing to the top of the contest and reaching the final, saying "I think we'll return with good results."

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Image caption Cabin crew, striker Everton dos Santos Goncalves and the rest on board were hoping for great results in the final

Everton dos Santos Goncalves, striker for Chapecoense, is seen on the footage happily approaching him, saying "everything is fine because he is in charge".

The Bolivian TV interviewer is thought to be the sister of the co-pilot, Sisy Arias.

Image copyright Instagram/Sisy Arias
Image caption Sisy Arias was apparently making her debut as civilian co-pilot
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Image caption On her first flight as co-pilot, Sisy Arias said the crew was "ready to offer the best service"

Interviewed by the channel, Ms Arias spoke of the importance of having a Bolivian company transporting a Brazilian team to Medellin. Many photos of the co-pilot, who is the daughter of journalist, Jorge Arias, have been posted on social media:

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Image caption The co-pilot poses with her father Jorge Arias
Image copyright AmericanFlyers/Twitter
Image caption Sisy Arias earned her private license in 2014

Only six of the 77 people on board the plane survived the crash. Three players were among the survivors, while 19 players and the coaching staff died.

Image copyright Dener Assuncao/Instagram
Image caption Dener Assuncao, who played left back for Chapecoense, posted a photo of himself with his team mates
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Image caption One of the support team told Gigavision: "Passing through Bolivia is cause for pride as it gives us good luck"

Compiled by Sherie Ryder, BBC News and Social Media team

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