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Chapecoense Soccer Players Who Missed Doomed Flight Cope With Loss

One player who lost his father, the team's coach, missed the flight because he forgot his passport

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    Chapecoense Soccer Players Who Missed Doomed Flight Cope With Loss
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    In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 file photo, flowers hang from a soccer net in honor of Chapecoense soccer players who died in a plane crash, during a memorial at Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil. Families are preparing to receive the bodies of the victims of this week's air tragedy in Colombia.

    As the recovered bodies of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team begin to be returned to families Friday, the players who did not travel on the team's ill-fated flight are left mourning their teammates, NBC News reported.

    "I still have the chance to hug and kiss my children, but my teammates can't do that anymore," said Chapecoense defender Demerson Costa.

    The crash killed 71 people, including 19 people from the soccer team. The pilot reportedly told a Colombian air traffic controller he had run out of fuel just moments before the plane crashed into the Andes Mountains.

    One player, Matheus Saroli, didn't board the flight because he forgot his passport. He lost his father, coach Caio Junior, who was on board.