Four Palmas players and the club president were killed in a crash as their plane headed off for a Brazilian cup game.

The Brazilian Palmas team announced that five members of the team were killed on Sunday morning (local time) following the crash of the plane.

The club named president Lucas Meira, plus players Lucas Praxedes, Guilherme Noe, Ranule and Marcus Molinari, as among the six victims.

News agency Reuters quoted a Palmas spokesperson as saying: "The plane took off and crashed at the end of the runway at the Tocantinense Aviation Association. 

Palmas is a football club in the Brazilian league, with the plane carrying players to Guyana for a match on Monday.219