Dressing room image sums up devastation for grieving Brazilian footballers
A poignant image showing the three members of the Chapecoense football team who were not on the flight that crashed killing their team-mates has emerged.
The Brazilian football team had been travelling to Colombia to play Athletico Nacional for the biggest game in the club's history, the Copa Sudamerica final.
But their journey to the Colombian city of Medellin came to a devastating end on Monday [NZ time] when the jet crashed in a remote mountain range after the pilot apparently attempted to make an emergency landing.
The Avro RJ85, which was carrying nine crew, crashed after suffering "electric failures" while flying through the mountainous Antioquia Department on its way from Bolivia. At least 75 people died in the crash.
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Local officials said the plane crashed against a hill and broke apart.
The heartbreaking images of the non-travelling players came just days after the players were filmed celebrating wildly in the same room as they reached the final of the Copa Sudamericana.
Chapecoense players celebrating reaching the Copa Sudamericana final just 5 days ago. Heartbreaking. 😪💔 pic.twitter.com/yAgkyN6EY8— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) November 29, 2016
One of the players who did not make the journey was Alejandro Martinuccio, who was nursing an injury.
The 28-year-old, who also played for Villarreal in Spain, told Argentina's La Red radio: "I was saved because I got injured. I feel profound sadness. The only thing I can ask is prayers for the companions who were on the flight."
The other eight players who did not travel have been named by The Daily Mail as Nenem, Demerson, Marcelo Boeck, Andrei, Hyoran, Nivaldo, Moises and Rafael Lima.