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One year after the Chapecoense plane crash, suspicion of foul play

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Memorial service for the victims of the Chapecoense plane crash Photo: Daniel Isaia/ABr

In late November 2016, the Chapecoense football club was poised for success. The small-town team had successfully climbed the rankings, drawing David and Goliath comparisons for their wins against big-time teams and earning fans with their tight-knit teamwork. But on their way to play their first-ever international final in Medellín, 71 passengers – including most of the team and its entire coaching staff – died when their plane crashed into a mountain near Medellín.

The plane crash has been under intense scrutiny almost ever since it happened. On the final leg of the flight, pilot Miguel Quiroga declared...

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