Comedian Adam Rozenbachs tweeted a ‘joke’ just minutes after it was announced a plane crashed carrying a Brazilian football team.
The Aussie stand-up tweeted: “Plane carrying soccer team crashes in Colombia. Survivors were heard crying “Penalty!” “Penalty!”
There were 72 passengers and nine crew on board the plane, which was taking the 22-man squad to their match against Atletico National.
The incident has killed 75 people.
Shocked Twitter users slammed the tactless comedian’s comment, before he deleted it.
One wrote: “So you thought it would be funny despite knowing there were casualties? Hope you lose work from this.”
Another added: “No matter how many die or live it’s a plane crash you don’t joke about it.”
Ray Gatt addedd: “What a poor excuse of a human being…making jokes about people who have just died in a plane crash. Some sick people around.”
Adam later apologised for the offensive comment, writing: “Apologies for last tweet re: soccer players. Saw a headline and didn’t realise the gravity of the situation. Lesson learned.”
The plane was carrying the Brazilian side Chapecoense to Medellin airport when it fell from the sky and disappeared off the radar crashing into the countryside.
The British Aerospace 146 jet reportedly split into two when it crashed at around 10.15pm local time (3am UK time).
The team were only about five minutes from their destination when they crashed.
Defender Alan Ruschel, goalkeepers Danilo and Jackson Follam and an air stewardess Xinema Suarez are among the six survivors.
Ruschel’s injuries include a broken spine, a fracture in his right leg and a closed chest trauma.
A haunting video of players laughing and joking just before the crash emerged after being posted on Instagram.
Ruschel says: “In not long, we’ll be arriving in Colombia. We’re coming Colombia.”
Other passengers can be seen relaxing and sleeping.
Just moments after this was taken, the plane fell from the sky after suffering from electrical problems.
The team, from the city of Chapeco, were promoted to Brazil’s first division in 2014 and reached the final of South America’s second most important club competition last week after a victory against Argentina’s San Lorenzo.
— Stephen Howson (@MrStephenHowson) 29 November 2016
The club issued a statement shortly after the tragedy, saying: “May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation.”
R.I.P to everyone that lost their lives, our hearts go out to the family and friends.