Sports teams have had a checkered past with flights and are no strangers to such tragedies. The sporting fraternity was dealt yet another blow on Tuesday as a plane with the Brazilian team Chapecoense on board crashed, 81 people were on board the flight. Sportswizz takes a look at similar tragedies that have affected various sporting teams across the world.
In another sports tragedy a plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team Chapecoense, crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia
Here is a list of other sports teams involved in fatal plane crashes:
November 8, 1948 — Czechoslovak national team, five members including IIHF Hall of Famer, Ladislav Trojak, in the English Channel
May 4, 1949 — Italian soccer club Turin. The four-time league champions lost 22 members, including 18 players, in Turin, Italy
January 7, 1950 — Moscow VVS ice hockey team, 11 players, near Sverdlovsk
February 6, 1958 — English football champions Manchester United, eight members, in Munich
August 14, 1958 — Egyptian fencing team, six members, in the Atlantic Ocean
October 10, 1960 — Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo football team, 16 members, in Toledo, Ohio
February 16, 1961 — US figure skating team, 18 members and 10 coaches and officials, in Belgium
April 3, 1961 — Green Cross, eight members of the first-division Chilean soccer team plus two members of the coaching staff, in the Las Lastimas Mountains
April 28, 1968 — Lamar Tech track team, five members and the coach, in Beaumont, Texas.
September 26, 1969 — Bolivian soccer team "The Strongest," coach Eustaquio Ortuno, 16 players and two staff members, near Viloco, Bolivia.
October 2, 1970 — Wichita State football team, 14 players, in Colorado.
November 14, 1970 — Marshall University football team, 36 players, in Huntington, West Virginia
October 13, 1972 — Uruguayan rugby club, among the 29 casualties, in the Andes, Chile
December 13, 1977 — University of Evansville men's basketball coach Bobby Watson and 14 players, in Evansville, Indiana
March 14, 1980 — US amateur boxing team, 14 members, in Warsaw, Poland
November 25, 1985 — Iowa State women's cross country team, coach Ron Renko, assistant coach Pat Moynihan, and team members Julie Rose, Susan Baxter and Sheryl Maahs, in Des Moines, Iowa
December 8, 1987 — Peruvian first-division soccer team Alianza Lima, coach Marcos Calderon and 16 players, in Lima, Peru
April 28, 1993 — Zambia's national soccer team, 18 players and five team officials, in Libreville, Gabon
January 27, 2001 — Oklahoma State basketball players Dan Lawson and Nate Fleming, and six team staffers and broadcasters, in Byers, Colorado
September 7, 2011 — Russian hockey team Lokomotiv, 27 players, two coaches and seven club officials, in Tunoshna, Russia