They ignored alarms from the ground proximity warning system that told them the plane was coming in too low, turning off the alarm after a few seconds. Nandlal received the news, with the implausible cruelty that only a random universe can bring, on 7 June. I’m dead.”. Chapecó (Brazil) (AFP) - Fans of Chapecoense, the Brazilian football club enjoying a fairy tale season until almost wiped out in a plane crash, wept outside the stadium Tuesday. Many of the other passengers on Surinam Airways flight 764 from Amsterdam Schiphol to Paramaribo Zanderij had decided to get some rest on the 12-hour journey. “It’s somewhere between the two lands, and nobody takes responsibility for it. In 2012, Zambia won the Africa Cup of Nations in Libreville, only a few hundred metres inland from the crash site; the victory was dedicated to the ones who lost their lives in the tragedy. From that day, I felt better [about the crash]. A plane that crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport in Colombia killed 76 people. The atmosphere among the 17 players, plus coach Nick Stienstra, was celebratory. The sole team member who did not board the plane died in a car crash two weeks later. The journey was scheduled to make three refuelling stops; the first at Brazzaville, Congo, the second at Libreville, Gabon, and the third at Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Plane crash. Report. To come to terms with it.”. The 15 who died were Scharmin, Van Dorpel, Knel, Haatrecht, Stienstra, Fraser, Linger, Heracles defender Ruud Degenaar, Lloyd Doesburg (an Ajax goalkeeper), Frits Goodings (a team-mate of Nandlal’s at Utretcht), Virgall Joemankha (the only member of the team to play outside Holland, for Cercle Brugge), Willem II full-back Ruben Kogeldans, Fred Patrick of PEC Zwolle, De Graafschap winger Elfried Veldman and Telstar’s Florian Vijent. Ortwin Linger, a defender for FC Haarlem, survived for three days but died later in hospital. But because I was so young, I was able to work on my recovery very quickly.”. “They dug a hole and put parts of the plane in it,” says Lede, “but because many years have passed everything pops up. All 30 passengers and crew, including 18 players, as well as the national team coach and support staff, died in the accident. The official investigation concluded that the pilot had shut down the wrong engine following an engine fire. Edu Nandlal, one of the survivors, tells his story of the disaster, Last modified on Thu 12 Oct 2017 10.31 BST. Twenty-two of the 43 people on board died in the crash. “Andro Knel said a few days before to his mother: ‘This is strange to say, but just know that I love you.’”. In 2014, to mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster, Lede went to Suriname to make a documentary about the crash, and he found a country that has not, and almost certainly will not, forget. The bodies of 50 players, coaches and staff from a Brazilian football team tragically wiped out in a plane crash in Colombia arrived home on Saturday for a massive funeral. “I don’t trust that ILS,” said Tobias, as they tried for a third time, eventually managing to connect. This is partly because none of the players who died were household names: unlike those four examples, this was not a young, talented team on the verge of greatness. Lost Footballers: Plane Crash Wreckage Located. “We were going down, then I felt something hitting the airplane,” says Nandlal. Edu Nandlal, left, and Sigi Lens, second left, were two of the three players who survived (the other being Radjin de Haan). Nairaland Forum / Entertainment / Sports / Brazilian Footballers Who Survived The Plane Crash Returns To The Site(Photos) (1607 Views) . Fred Patrick. All year, the once struggling, impoverished club had delighted the people of Chapeco, a city of about 200,000 in Santa Catarina state. Then he felt something hit the plane. But still all I could think was: ‘This is not true, it’s a dream, we’re landing. A Gabonese report released in 2003 attributed the pilot's actions to a faulty warning light and fatigue. I know what lucky is, but I also know what shit is. As they approached Zanderij airport, about 45km south of Paramaribo, Nandlal looked out. Photograph: ANP/AFP, The forgotten story of … the Colourful XI tragedy, du Nandlal couldn’t sleep. Now, only grief remains. Something’s happening.’ Everyone started waking up.” Then the other wing hit a another tree, and the plane flipped over and crashed into the ground, upside down. In spite of the loss, the Zambian side returned home as national heroes.. Fifteen Dutch footballers were among 176 people who died in a 1989 plane crash. It also found that pilot fatigue and a faulty instrument had contributed to the accident. More. Two attempts at connecting with the ILS were unsuccessful. The pilot made a big mistake,” he says, matter of factly. “I never do much on 7 June,” he said in a rare interview last year. “I know what life is.”, “Every 7 June, I always think about the people who died. But, perhaps predictably, their employers weren’t so keen. 11 August 1979 “This was the first time I’d been back to Suriname since leaving,” he says now, speaking to an English publication for the first time since 1989. The team would take part in a mini-tournament with three other teams in Paramaribo, Suriname’s capital, and the hope was that some of Dutch football’s biggest names would take part. He played for Utrecht under Dick Advocaat but was told he wasn’t tough enough. On July 16, 1960, eight Danish footballers died when a plane crashed into the Oresund Strait after taking off from Copenhagen Airport. On 6 June, the rest of the squad gathered at Schipol airport. However, the flight went ahead as scheduled. The accident was the subject of the 2015 Spanish/Zambian documentary film Eighteam, directed by Juan Rodriguez-Briso. “I thought: ‘Shit. Despite this, the flight continued and a few minutes after taking off from the second stop in Libreville the left engine caught fire and failed. “Legally, we don’t have ILS,” said co-pilot Glyn Tobias. He spent 14 months in rehab, some of which spent in a wheelchair, and was told he would never walk again. Fifteen of the 18 Colourful XI party died. Florian Vijent. 3 years ago | 3 views. It was a complete blackout. It was intense. “So many more people were on the plane,” says Lede. On May 4, 1949, 18 Torino football club players died in … Hasnoe frequently worked in the most deprived areas of the city, where many fellow immigrants lived. While the crash is a national tragedy in Suriname, and a fairly well-known story in the Netherlands, it’s not thought of in the same way as the Munich air disaster, or Superga, or Chapecoense, or the Zambia team wiped out in 1993. Many of the other passengers on Surinam Airways flight 764 from Amsterdam Schiphol to Paramaribo Zanderij had decided to get some rest on the 12-hour journey. The only thing we knew was a few pictures on television of the airplane. As they descended, they passed through some low cloud. The first was in 1986: a few were played in the Netherlands, in Enschede and Hengelo, without huge national fanfare but that was only half the point. Four members of the Kleurrijk Elftal who were on board Surinam Airways’ fateful Flight 764. , At the first stop in Brazzaville engine problems were noted. In reality the cause was more prosaic. But it’s also probably because many of the victims were immigrants, two cultures bridging thousands of miles. Most were Surinamese people living in the Netherlands, but three top-ranking military officers – Suriname army Chief of Staff, Major Raymond Lieuw Yen Tai, air force commander Major Eddy Djoe and army Chief of Operations, Captain Armand Salomons – were on board too. EXCLUSIVE: Team-mate of Brazilian footballers killed in Colombian plane crash claims the players were 'ASSASSINATED' and declares: 'That wasn't an … Still, the mood was cheerful. The stars might not have been there, but plenty of talent was: FC Twente defender Andy Scharmin decided to go rather than play in the Toulon tournament, at least in part so he could take his mother and aunt on the trip home; Steve van Dorpel was about to sign for Roda JC after tearing Ajax apart earlier that season; Andro Knel was a rising star and colourful character who would regularly rollerskate to training. In 1989, plans were made to take the games home. “It made me feel better because I could see they still think about the families over there,” he says. Riva died in April 2002. “They don’t forget.”, Tragedy strikes Chapecoense, serial overachievers dubbed a ‘Brazilian Leicester’, Football: A collective loss of life that sent shivers of shock round the world, Wreckage from Surinam Airways Flight 764 after the crash in Paramaribo, Suriname in 1989. Yet Tobias said he could see the runway, and what he could see more or less aligned with the ILS information. Players such as Regi Blinker and Ken Monkou made appearances for what became known as the ‘Kleurrijk Elftal’ – the Colourful XI. Fifteen Dutch footballers were among 176 people who died in a 1989 plane crash. “But then when my son died, I know what the opposite is. A volunteer who was one the first rescuers on the scene of a horrific plane crash in Colombia which left 71 people dead has revealed the first words of a surviving football player. “It was dark, so that’s all I could see.”. The Colourful XI was the initiative of Sonny Hasnoe, a Dutch-Surinamese social worker based in Amsterdam. Footballers among 71 killed in Colombia plane crash - YouTube "Most of the journalists were from Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina and Sao Paolo. Three of the survivors were footballers, but goalkeeper Jakson Follmann had his right leg amputated, said the hospital treating him. My seat was in the middle of the airplane. Colombia's worst air disaster in two decades killed 75 people, including 19 of the 22 football players on board. On the evening of 27 April 1993, a DHC-5 Buffalo transport aircraft of the Zambian Air Force crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after taking off from Libreville, Gabon. Colombia plane crash: 5 things to know about Brazilian football team. Bolivia blames airline for footballers' plane crash. Test flights were carried out on 22 and 26 April. The whole flight over the sea was perfect.” The footballers played cards, the Draver Boys sang, and anyone who could sleep through all that got some rest. These days he has a limp, but is broadly fine.   Nando Parrado and Roberto Canessa (sitting) with Chilean arriero Sergio Catalán About 20 minutes before landing, the cockpit received a weather report which told them visibility was at around 900m because of fog: this, apparently, took them by surprise as visibility was previously judged at about 6km. A lot of people were crying, just when I talked about it. Hasnoe noticed children in these areas tended to benefit hugely from football: their behaviour was generally better and they were more likely to engage and connect with wider Dutch society. 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