How Argentine footballers' screams helped prevent air disaster like Chapecoense

Footballers from Buenos Aires club Racing prevented a potential tragedy by screaming at a pilot to cut the engines after a plane door flew open just moments before take-off.

AFP March 24, 2017 12:31:31 IST
How Argentine footballers' screams helped prevent air disaster like Chapecoense

A team of Argentine footballers prevented a potential tragedy by screaming at a pilot to cut the engines after a plane door flew open just moments before take-off.

How Argentine footballers screams helped prevent air disaster like Chapecoense

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Players from Buenos Aires giants Racing were aboard the charter flight due to leave Cordoba Airport following an Argentine league match against Belgrano on Sunday when the terrifying incident occurred.

Prompted by the players' yells, the pilot managed to cut the engines just in time, with the plane already on the runway.

Although the incident happened on Sunday, video footage taken by one of the passengers was only published on Thursday.

The incident came just four months after the tragic plane crash in Colombia that wiped out almost the entire team of Brazilians Chapecoense.

The small club from southern Brazil were heading to Medellin to play Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana when their plane crashed into a mountain, killing 71 people.

Centre back Neto and fullback Alan Ruschel survived, as did reserve goalkeeper Jackson Follmann, who had part of his leg amputated.

With inputs from Reuters

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