Remembering the 20 journalists who were killed in the Chapecoense plane crash

Only one of the journalist survived the disaster, while another one did not board the flight.

Remaining Chapecoense team join mourners for emotional vigil in club stadiumReuters

Twenty journalists died in the Chapecoense plane crash, Colombian aviation officials confirmed on 29 November.

A team of 21 male journalists, including radio reporters, commentators, cameramen and photographers, were travelling with the Brazilian football team players and officials to report on the first leg of the final match of the Copa Sudamericana that was scheduled for 30 November.

Only one journalist survived the crash: Rafael Henzel Valmorbida, 43, a reporter for Radio Oeste Capital, a station in the Brazilian city of Chapeco, where the team is based. The local radio station lost instead reporter Renan Carlos Agnolin.


In a statement about the tragedy, Radio Oeste said: "We lost more than just a team. We lost friends, partners, colleagues and family members." The radio asked all the listeners, friends, relatives, indifferent of the religion to make "a chain of prayer" for the recovery of Rafael Henzel.

Flowers hang from a goal net in the Arena Conda stadium in ChapecoPaulo Whitaker/Reuters

Other local radio station, Radio Chapecó, Radio Super Condá and Radio Vang FM, mourned the death of five of their reporters, Douglas Dorneles, 36, Fernando Schardong, 48, Edson Luiz Ebeliny, 54, Gelson Galiotto, 41, and Jacir Biavatti, 46.

Radio Super Condá shared on Twitter homages to their colleagues.

Fox Sports Brazil sent six journalist on the doomed plane, Victorino Chermont Miranda, 43, Rodrigo Santana Gonçalves, 35, Devair Paschoalon (known as Deva Pascovicci, one of Brazil's most well-known commentators), 51, Lilacio Pereira Junior, 48, Paulo Julio Clement, 51, and Mario Sergio de Paiva, 66, who was also a former midfielder who played briefly for Brazil's national team in the early 1980s, and coached for several Brazilian clubs, most recently Internacional in 2009 and Ceara in 2010.

The Atletico Paranaense, one of the team he coached, remembered him in a tweet as a "beloved professional and friend."

"Amid profound sadness and consternation over what happened, we are following minute-by-minute as new information comes out," said Carlos Martinez, president of Fox Networks Group Latin America, in a statement.

Four journalists were working for Globo, a daily Brazilian newspaper: Guilherme Marques, 28, Ari de Araújo Junior, 48, Guilherme Laars, 43, and Laion Machado Espinola, 29. Four other journalists worked for RBS network: Giovane Klein Victória, 28, Bruno Mauri da Silva, 25, Djalma Araújo Neto, 35, and André Podiacki, 26, who also worked for Diario Catarinense.


A colleague remembered Podiacki, who was on his first international assignment, in a heartfelt article on Diario Catarinense: "More than a saint, he was the personification of a dreamy person who longed to work on ESPN one day," he said. "He was extremely good, generous and any other positive adjective that can be given to a human being."

The original list of passenger showed the name of another journalist, who eventually did not make the flight. Radio journalist Ivan Carlos Agnoletto, 56, had planned to travel to Medellin, but he gave up after learning that he might have issues at immigration controls due to an old identity document.

The city of Chapecó declared a 30-day morning, suspending all events and celebrations for Christmas and New Year.

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