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Brazil’s Chapecoense air crash widows decry ‘abandonment’

By Andrew Downie

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The households of Brazilians killed within the Chapecoense air crash are interesting for justice and reparations and stated in interviews on Wednesday that they really feel “abandoned” via the football membership and media firms.

On the similar day that Chapecoense avid gamers met the Pope in Rome, representatives from the Association of Families and Friends of the Victims of the Chapecoense Flight advised Reuters extra will have to be finished to assist them financially and psychologically.

They additionally call for solutions to questions on duty for the crash.

“It was an accident waiting to happen,” stated Fabienne Belle, whose husband Cesar Martins was once the membership physiologist. “Chapecoense and the companies need to take institutional responsibility for the lives that were taken from us.”

Seventy-one passengers and group died when a aircraft sporting the Chapecoense staff crashed in Colombia remaining Nov. 28. All however 3 of the avid gamers onboard perished, along side dozens of officers and reporters accompanying the staff to the overall of the Copa Sudamericana in Medellin.

Colombian aviation government discovered that Bolivian airline corporate LaMia had skimped on gas, inflicting the aircraft to plummet right into a mountainside prior to it might succeed in the airport.

The airline’s leader government, who was once jailed pending an ordeal for manslaughter, denies the fees. The corporate’s co-owner was once the aircraft’s pilot and died within the crash.

One of the affiliation’s primary court cases is that the membership insisted on hiring LaMia even after the corporate’s strategies have been puzzled via avid gamers.

On a commute to Barranquilla in Colombia for an previous spherical, the squad was once taken from the Bolivian border to the airport in a van that had no doorways on it, Belle stated. The staff arrived 22 hours later than scheduled, which must have caused the membership to take extra care in their personnel, the widows say.

“What happened before determined what happened that night,” stated Belle, the affiliation’s president, in an interview in Sao Paulo. “Chapecoense had done this before on many trips. There was a lack of oversight. One of our concerns is educational, to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

Chapecoense’s Communications Director Fernando Matos stated the membership met with the affiliation remaining week to speak about lots of the issues raised however he refused to handle explicit questions.

“It was established that the club and associations would not deal with these issues through the media,” Matos stated.


One of the widows’ primary court cases is their loss of get entry to to paperwork concerning the investigation. The crew, which has 54 contributors from 16 households, has now not been given get entry to to main points of LaMia’s twist of fate insurance coverage.

Some households were paid via lifestyles insurance coverage, however the twist of fate insurance coverage corporate has best presented $200,000 to each and every circle of relatives as “humanitarian” bills, Belle stated.

“It felt like a consolation prize,” she stated. “Some people want to take it because they haven’t had any income for nine months. Some families are struggling and have gone to the club to ask for handouts.”

Without extra transparency from the membership, households say they’re suffering to safe upper bills.

Some widows additionally expressed resentment with the media firms concerned. Twenty reporters and newshounds from 9 other media shops died within the crash however a few of them additionally really feel they’ve been given little help or knowledge.

“The most revolting thing is that none of the companies have recognised their responsibility,” Mara Paiva, whose husband Mario Sergio was once a commentator for Fox Sports, advised Reuters. “The majority have washed their hands of the case and thrown it all on the club.”

Fox Sports advised Reuters they’d “adopted all the measures at their disposal to reduce the pain felt by the families and make them more comfortable.” The corporate stated it might now not listing the measures however would proceed to do the whole lot imaginable to assist the bereaved.

(Reporting via Andrew Downie; Editing via Brad Haynes and Grant McCool)

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