Chapecoense plane crash: A tragedy for journalism in Brazil

Rescuers search for survivors from the wreckage of the Lamia airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense football team that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo Image copyright AFP
Image caption Only one journalist was rescued alive from wreckage of the plane

Brazilian journalists are mourning 20 of their colleagues who died when a plane crashed in Colombia on Monday.

They were travelling to Medellin with football team Chapecoense to cover the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana's final.

Only six of the 77 people on board the plane survived the crash, including one reporter, Rafael Henzel, who is said to be in stable condition after surgery.

Renan Agnolin, 27

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Radio and TV reporter, he covered Chapecoense. His father, Luis Carlos, told Brazilian media (in Portuguese): "This is the worst day of my life, to lose a son this way. And I lost him while he was doing what he loved the most, journalism."

Jacir Biavatti

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Worked for RIC and Vang FM.

Victorino Chermont, 43

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Reporter for Fox Sports Brazil, Chermont had worked for other Brazilian TV stations including SporTV.

Douglas Dorneles

Sports journalist at Chapeco radio.

Edson Ebeliny, 39

Sports journalist at Chapeco's Super Conda radio.

Paulo Julio Clement, 51

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Sports presenter at Fox Sports, had more than 25 years of experience. Worked for some of Brazil's most important outlets, such as Radio Globo, and O Globo and Jornal do Brasil newspapers, as reporter and editor. Covered five Fifa World Cups, between 1994 and 2014. Had a son.

Laion Espindula, 29

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Was a reporter at Globoesporte.com website assigned to cover Chapecoense. Had also covered the 2014 Brazil World Cup. Had also worked at Correio do Povo newspaper. In a tribute (in Portuguese), his former colleagues recalled a "happy, hard-working man, loved by everybody".

Gelson Galiotto

Sports journalist at Chapeco's Super Conda radio.

Rodrigo Santana Goncalves

Cameraman for Fox Sports Brazil.

Ari Junior, 45

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Had more than 25 years of experience. Joined Globo TV in 1997 and was often deployed on foreign assignments. In 2015 was working in Nepal when an earthquake hit the country and his pictures were seen around the world. He had four children.

Lilacio Junior, 48

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Outside broadcast coordinator for Fox Sports Brazil.

Giovane Klein, 28

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The reporter joined local TV station RBS in 2014. Colleagues told Brazilian media that Klein, who was assigned to cover the club, had turned Chapecoense's stadium into his "second home".

Guilherme Laars, 43

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Prior to his job as a producer at Globo TV, worked at Brazilian newspapers Extra and Lance. Was part of the team covering the 2014 Brazil World Cup and this year's Olympic Games in Rio. His wife is expecting their third child.

Guilherme Marques, 28

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The reporter celebrated his 28th birthday just last Friday. Joined Globo TV in 2013. Earlier this year he was part of the team covering the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Was considered by some of his colleagues as a rising star.

Djalma Neto, 35

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Joined RBS TV 13 years ago and was one of the company's most experienced cameramen. Had a son and a daughter.

Mario Sergio Paiva, 66

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A former football player, was a commentator for Fox Sports. Played for some of Brazil's biggest clubs, including Flamengo, Victoria, Fluminense, Botafogo and Internacional where, in 1979, won Brazil's national tournament. In 1983 won the International Cup with Gremio.

Devair Paschoalon, 51

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Known as Deva Pascovicci, had his first job in a small radio station at the age of 13. His first job as sports reporter came in 1983. Ten years later he made his TV debut. Covered the Olympic Games in 1996, 2000 and 2004, and World Cups in 1998 and 2002. Survived a cancer in 2006. Worked for Fox Sports Brazil and had two daughters.

Andre Podiacki, 26

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A reporter for Diario Catarinense newspaper since 2011, after joining them as an intern. In a tribute, his colleagues (in Portuguese) said Podi, as he was known, was "an extremely nice and generous" man, who was on his first international trip. His dream, they said, was to work for ESPN Brasil.

Fernando Schardong, 48

Sports journalist at Chapeco radio.

Bruno Silva, 25

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Was a technician working on RBS TV's outside broadcasts, having joined the company in 2012.

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