The tragic loss of the Brazilian team Chapecoense in a plane crash has shocked the entire football world.
Flying is an essential part of modern football life with players routinely jumping on and off planes to play matches with barely a thought given to the task.
Social media has been swamped with tributes to the club and players who were happily posing for selfies and sharing images inside and around the plan before the tragedy.
Twenty journalists and 40 members of the Chapecoense party, including players, manager and directors died in the plane crash with two players among the survivors with the plane carrying 81 people.
Devastating. The players who didn’t make the fateful flight in a room that was full of celebrations just days ago. pic.twitter.com/VLTzPr8snR
— FOX SPORTS Football (@FOXFOOTBALL) November 29, 2016
Life cant be explained Chapecoense players celebrating reaching the Copa Sudamericana final 5 days ago. May their souls rest in peace! ???? ???????? pic.twitter.com/wvTr82CZWy
— Collins Okinyo (@bedjosessien) November 29, 2016
The Chapecoense team were flying to Columbia to play Medellin team Atletico Nacional in the final of the South American Cup.
A last minute change of plane added to the anguish with the same plane used earlier this month to take the Argentina international side to a match against Brazil.
Spanish football has been especially effected by the tragedy with many leading players having Brazilian connections.
Manchester United keeper David de Gea tweeted: “Deeply affected by the Medellin’s plane crash. I shared locker with Cleber Santana and it’s difficult to reveal how I feel. A huge hug.”