100,000 turn out to see coffins of football team killed in plane crash carried to stadium for memorial service

These heartbreaking images show the tens of thousands of people who turned out for a memorial service dedicated to the Chapecoense plane crash victims. Brazils president bestowed honors on the dead as Air Force troops unloaded 50 coffins flown in overnight from Colombia, site of the disaster this week that killed 71 people and wiped out a rural soccer team. Chapeco, its streets wet with rain and buildings draped in the green of its devastated club, turned out to receive the bodies today. (Image: Getty Images) Soldiers carry into the stadium under heavy rain the coffins of the members of the Chapecoense Real football club team ki

lled (Image: Getty Images) Mourners also attended a wake at a local stadium for members of the team, which ascended from minor leagues in recent years to reach the championship of a South American tournament. Mondays disaster shocked soccer fans the world over and plunged

Brazil, South Americas biggest nation, into mourning. (Image: Getty) The stadium was packed with 20,000 mourners (Image: REUTERS) Read MoreRelated ArticlesChapecoense player who missed flight through injury accuses pilot of assassinating his friends and of destroying club The BAe146 regional airliner operated by Bolivian charter company LAMIA had radioed that it was running out of fuel before smashing into a hillside outside the Colombian city of Medellin. Only six people survived, including just three members of the soccer side Chapecoense en route to the Copa Sudamericana final, the biggest game in its history. (Image: REUTERS) It was an emotional experience for the fans (Image: REUTERS) Reports in Brazilian media that the plane, which circled outside Medellin for 16 minutes while another aircraft made an emergency landing, had barely enough fuel for the flight from Bolivia have outraged relatives of the victims. Bolivian President Evo Morales pledged to take drastic measures to determine what caused the crash. The country has suspended LAMIAs operating license and replaced the national aviation authoritys management. (Image: Getty Images) Relatives mourn over the coffin with the remains of Chapecoense Real fo


all club team staffer decio Sebastiao Burtet Filho (Image: Getty Images) In Chapeco, a small agricultural town in southern Brazil, dozens of fans kept vigil overnight in a drizzle at Chapecoenses stadium, where the wake will be held after the caskets are transported from a nearby airfield. By dawn fans were lined up around the block and began streaming into the stadium, draped with banners and the teams green and white, when doors opened shortly thereafter. An impromptu shrine swelled with fresh flowers and handmade posters and fans from other parts of Brazil joined the locals, waving flags of other teams in solidarity. (Image: REUTERS) Relatives mourn over the coffin with the remains of Chapecoense Real football club team player Jose Paiva Gil (Image: Getty Images) Some supporters, even as organizers piped somber classical music over loudspeakers, sang raucous football chants. Fans said the wake would provide closure for a town whose excitement at Wednesday nights cup final had turned to anguish. I will only really believe it when we see the coffins and the families, said Pamela Lopes, 29, who arrived for the vigil at 10 pm local time Friday night. At first there was commotion,

but now a great sadness has set in. Members of the Colombian Air Force prepare to carry on a plane the coffins with the remains of five Bolivians killed (Image: AFP) Hearses carry coffins with the remains of Brazilians victim (Image: REUTERS) Some 100,000 fans, about half the citys population, were expected to attend, as was Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA . Brazilian President Michel Temer presided over a brief ceremony at the airport, where he posthumously decorated the victims and offered condolences to their families. It was unclear whether Temer, wary of possible political protests, would attend the wake. (Image: AFP) People attend under the rain (Image: AFP) 704444聚宝盆心水论坛 In response to outpourings of support from football fans and clubs around the globe, Chapecoense hung a huge black banner from the outer wall of its stadium. We looked for one word to thank all the kindness and we found many, it read, followed by the words thank you in more than a dozen languages. Workers laid out giant banners on the field, decorated with white flowers, carrying the logos of Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional, the Colombian team that held a memorial ceremony on Wednesday instea

d of hosting the Cup final. (Image: REUTERS) A coffin, carrying one of

the eight journalists who were victims of the plane crash in Colombia (Image: REUTERS) Read MoreRelated ArticlesChapecoense plane crash survivor Neto getting better all the time and will play football again, says his father Cleusa Eichner, 52, attended the stadium for the vigil - as she has so often for games - but was wary about seeing th

e players caskets. I can still see those players entering with their kids in their arms. Id rather keep that image in my head, hold on to that happiness, than replace it w

ith nothing. Brazilian media, citing an internal document, reported that an official at Bolivias aviation agency had raised concerns about LAMIAs flight plan. The official urged the airline to come up with an alternative route because the journey of four hours and 22 minutes was the same length as the planes maximum flight range. People await for the arrival of the cortege (Image: Getty Images) The coffins of victims of the plane crash in ColombiaView gallery A Colombian civil aviation document seen by Reuters confirmed the

flight time was set to be four hours and 22 minutes. LAMIA Chief Executive Officer Gustavo Vargas on Wednesday said the plane had been correctly inspected before departure and should have had enough fuel for about 4-1/2 hours. He said it was the pilots responsibility to decide whether to stop to refuel. The pilots father-in-law, Roger Pinto Molina, who lives in Brazil, apologized to the Brazilian people in an interview with GloboNews. We want to say to millions of Brazilians, especially the families, sons, parents and brothers in Chapeco that we are very sorry, Molina said.