Chilling video shows Brazilian soccer players on doomed flight
Moments before the plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashed in Colombia, one of the players posted a short clip to Instagram from inside the doomed flight.
The chilling video, shot by Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel moments before the plane went down, shows passengers on Flight AMI2993 sleeping and relaxing. Ruschel, with smiling goalkeeper Marcos Danilo Padilha by his side, says “In not long, we’ll be arriving in Colombia. We’re coming Colombia.”
But the plane never made it to Medellin, crashing into a mountainside after reporting an electrical failure. Authorities believe at least 71 people, including most of the team and several members of the media, died in the crash.
Another survivor, reserve goalie Jackson Follmann, had one of his legs amputated and is in critical condition, according to Brazil’s Globo. His family said it was a miracle the 24-year-old was alive.
Padilha, found seriously injured in the wreckage of the doomed flight, apparently managed to talk to his wife before dying in a Colombian hospital. Ruschel, 27, was also found alive but suffered spinal injuries, according to the Telegraph.
Padilha, 31, spoke to his wife by phone from his hospital bed, only to die from his injuries a short time later. Just weeks before the crash, he called his wife “my love” in a social media post.
The Chapecoense soccer team was travelling to Medellin to play Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, South America’s second biggest cup competition.
All soccer on the continent has been suspended until further notice.