6 people survived a plane crash in Columbia that killed more than 70
The good news is that there are some survivors of the plane crash in Colombia on Monday night. Only six of the total 81 people aboard the LaMia flight carrying players from the Chapecoense de Brazil soccer club survived the tragic crash. The team was traveling from Bolivia to Medellín to play in the Copa Sudamericana tournament. The team’s defender, Alan Luciano Ruschel, was among the survivors. His wife, Alissen Ruschel, wrote on Instagram, “Thank you my god…God bless and give all family members strength.”
Jackson Follman, Rafael Correa Gobbato, and Helio Hermito Zampier Neto, also players on the team, are among the survivors. Ximena Suarez, one of the flight attendants, and Brazilian journalist Rafael Henzel also survived the crash. Authorities said there’s a chance there are more survivors, but foggy weather is getting in the way of the rescue efforts, according to The New York Times. According to ESPN, Marcos Danilo Padilha from the Chapecoense team originally survived but died later under medical care.
The plane crashed sometime around 10 p.m. ET around the Cerro El Gordo outside of Medellín. Authorities haven’t made an official statement about what happened, but CNN reports that there were scattered thunderstorms and low visibility, but no big storms. There would likely have been some turbulence, according to the satellite images. Colombian officials cancelled two flights Tuesday morning going to the rescue site because of bad weather.
Before the crash, the Brazilian team made history by becoming the first Brazilian team in three years to make it to the Copa Sudamericana tournament, one of the most important tournaments in the game. The team’s manager, Cadu Gaucho, posted on his Facebook page that it was the club’s “important date.” Gaucho was not among the survivors.
The tournament has been suspended in light of the tragedy and organizer Atletico Nacional has asked for Chapecoense to get the cup. Already, President Michel Temer declared three days of national mourning in Brazil, and the two huge Spanish teams, Real Madrid and Barcelona, had moments of silence at the start of their practice days.
One player, Alejandro Martinuccio, wasn’t on the flight because he had an injury and couldn’t play. On Tuesday, he said on the Radio La Red, “We are all at the club, we cannot believe it. We are waiting on news, I have survived as I was injured. I feel a deep sadness for my teammates. The only thing I can say is to pray for them.”