Only six of the 77 people on board survived when a chartered plane carrying Brazilian football team Chapecoense hit a mountain en route to the continental cup final in Colombia. All the bodies of the passengers and crew have been recovered and accounted for following the crash along with the aircraft’s black boxes.
Three players, a journalist and two crew members were being treated for injuries at local hospitals. after the cut is what is known about them so far…
-Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel, 27, suffered spine injuries. He is thought to be stable. Local media reported he asked to keep his wedding ring and speak to his family as he was treated
-Squad goalkeeper Jackson Follmann – commonly known solely by his surname – suffered career-ending injuries. Doctors said he was recovering from the amputation of his right leg.
-Central defender Helio Neto was the last flight victim to be found alive in the wreckage. The 31-year-old was placed in intensive care with severe trauma to his skull, thorax and lungs. He is reportedly recovering after undergoing chest surgery.
-Veteran TV and radio journalist Rafael Henzel suffered severe chest trauma. He remains in hospital.
Flight attendant, Ximena Suarez suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The Bolivian airline Lamia worker, according to local media outlets said all she could remember from the crash was that the “lights went out.
-Flight technician Erwin Tumiri also survived with non-life-threatening injuries. The Bolivian gave an interview with a Colombian radio station following the crash in which he said he believed his safety training had helped him.
“I survived because I followed the security protocols. Given the situation, many rose from the seats and began shouting. I put the bags between my legs to form the foetal position recommended in accidents” he said.
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