A chartered plane carrying Brazilian first division football team crashed close to Medellin as it flew to the regional tournament finals, killing 71 people. Only six people survived the crash.
One of the survivors was a crew member and he said that he survived by curling up like a baby with a bag between his knees.
While speaking to Fox Sports Argentina, Erwin Tumiri said: “I put the bags in between my legs to form the fetal position that is recommended in accidents.” He continued to explain that as the plane approached the ground, “many stood up from their seats, and they started to shout.”
The flight technician did not incur life-threatening injuries as per explanation given by the hospital responsible for his treatment. In the midst of the plane’s mangled remnants, there lay a few others who with suffered serious injuries such as spinal damage (Alan Ruschel, the team’s defender) and thoracic trauma. One of the survivors had to be amputated.
The other survivors are two goalkeepers, Marcos Danilo and Jackson Follmann.
Majority victims from the Brazilian soccer team
Most of the passengers on the plane were from Chapecoense, a Brazilian soccer team. There were also journalists as well as crew members on their way from Bolivia.
“We saw bodies everywhere at the site,” Mejia said in Spanish, in a video distributed by Reuters. “And there were people screaming for help. They were crying for help.”
“What was supposed to be a celebration has turned into a tragedy,” Medellin mayor Federico Gutierrez said from the search and rescue command centre.”
The Club posted on its Facebook page a message of condolence saying:
“May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation.”