Soccer fans were on their way to the Champions League match in Donetsk between Shakhtar Donestk and German champions Borussia Dortmund when their plane experienced some technical difficulties. The plane over ran the run way when making the emergency landing.
Per a Reuters report, “The emergencies ministry, quoted by the agency, said the plane overshot the runway at Donetsk airport as it attempted to execute an emergency landing and broke up. The twin-engined Antonov 24 turboprop had been making an approach to Donetsk, which was shrouded in thick fog, from the Black Sea coastal city of Odessa.”
The game between Shaktar and Dortmund was scheduled to kick off at 2:45 p.m. at Donbass Arena in Champions League action. There are still conflicting reports off how many passengers were on the flight, but according to the Emergencies Service of Ukraine at least one of them has died, while others are reporting at least a second fatality.
“According to preliminary information, there were 36 passengers on board of the plane. Information about the crew members is being checked. One of the passengers was killed and information on two more people is being checked,” the press service of the State Emergencies Service of Ukraine told an Interfax-Ukraine reporter on Wednesday.”
In the end the two people being checked on could have died as well, but the investigation of the accident is just getting underway. Today we have at least one less passionate fan who loved soccer because of a plane emergency landing that didn’t go as plan.
Thoughts and prayers go out to those who are affected by this and to the fans that experienced this horrific incident today.