The Palmas players were on their way to Goiania to play a game against Vila Nova.

Four players and the president of Brazilian football club Palmas died in a plane crash in the northern state of Tocantins on Sunday, the team said.

The crash occurred when the plane suddenly plunged to the ground at the end of the runway on takeoff, the club said in a statement.

The players were on their way to Goiania in the central region of the country to play a game against Vila Nova.

The victims were identified as President Lucas Meira and the players Lucas Praxedes, Guilherme Noé, Ranule and Marcus Molinari, as well as the pilot. There were no survivors, the club said.

Palmas Futebol e Regatas was founded in 1997 and plays in the Brazilian fourth division.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known. The statement did not identify the type of aircraft.

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