Colombia plane crash: 76 killed, 5 survivors
Watch: 2 of the Chapecoense players who survived moments before deadly plane crashShortly before the deadly plane crash in Colombia that almost entirely erased the Brazilian Chapecoense soccer team, two of the players recorded a short video clip. The two players in the video are among the six survivors of the crash.
The last moments of the Brazilian Chapecoense soccer team were caught on camera. Just before the aircraft crashed near Medellin, Colombia, two of the players took a Snapchat video, smiling and saying: “We’re coming, Colombia!” In the devastating plane crash, 19 of the soccer players were killed. The two soccer players who recorded the short Snapchat video, defender Alan Ruschel and goalkeeper Marcos Danilo Padilha, were among the six people who survived the plane crash but they suffered serious injuries and are being treated at a hospital.
The aircraft carrying 81 passengers and crew members crashed late Monday night (local time). Over 70 people were killed in the crash. Only 6 people survived. The third soccer player who survived the crash was the team's second goalkeeper Jackson Follman.
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The Chapecoense players were on their way to play against the Colombian club team Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the South American Cup Finals tomorrow (Wednesday). As JOL News reported earlier today, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) announced that in light of the accident, all confederation games have been suspended until further notice.
Local media outlets are reporting that one of the heroes of the crash was the pilot. According to the reports, he was able to open the aircraft’s fuel tank as the plane was going down and release some of the fuel, preventing a massive explosion. It was also reported that the aircraft “broke into two pieces” upon impact just before it was scheduled to land in Colombia.
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