Eighty-one people (including Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team) were on the chartered flight that crashed near Medellin, Colombia, this morning. Six of them survived.
The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a Bolivian charter airline named Lamia, was carrying 81 people, including 72 passengers and 9 crew members. Authorities scrambled to the scene, but limited access and heavy rain hampered initial rescue efforts.
The six who survived are:
Alan Ruschel, Chapecoense player, 27 (pictured right, with beard)
Ruschel is understood to have been among the first people pulled from the wreckage, local newspaper La Informacion reported. He sustained a broken hip, serious lacerations to his head, and was transferred to the José María Córdova hospital, according to Alfredo Bocanegra, Director of Aeronáutica Civil (Civil Aviation).
His wife Moa confirmed he had survived in a post on Instagram:
“Thank God Alan is in the hospital, stable state. We are praying for all who have not yet been rescued, and for all the family. Difficult, difficult situation. Only God to give even strength. Thank you, God.”
Telemondo Desportes reported Ruschel was conscious when he arrived at hospital. “Alan Ruschel arrived in shock: conscious and talking. He asked if his wedding ring could be watched over and asked for his family,” they tweeted.
At around 7 a.m. (local time) Ruschel was transferred to the Somer Clinic, where he remains in the ICU, the clinic confirmed in a statement.
Jakson Follmann, Chapesoense player, 24
The team’s reserve goalkeeper, Follmann was pulled from the wreckage and transferred to Fundación San Vicente, according to the Colombian civil aviation department.
Helio Hermito Zampier Neto, Chapecoense player, 31
After initial confusion, it appeared that Neto was pulled from the wreckage slightly after his teammates. He was rushed to an unspecified hospital, according to the civil aviation department.
The mayor of Chapecó, Luciano Buligon, told Brazilian media Neto was being treated for head trauma.
Rafael Henzel Valmorbida, sports journalist
A journalist with decades of experience, currently working at Oeste Capital station in Chapeco, Henzel was reportedly the fourth person pulled from the plane’s debris.
Local media reports say he was taken to San Juan de Dios de La Ceja hospital, and was suffering from “chest trauma” and a broken left leg, according to local media reports. He is now in a stable condition, Luciana Lange, Oeste Capital’s station director, told news organization Globo.
Ximena Suárez, crew member
The flight attendant was rushed to the Somer del Rionegro hospital. She is reportedly suffering from a fractured tibia and fibula in her right leg, a fractured neck, as well as additional fractures and blows to her head, local newspaper El Deber reported.
The hospital later confirmed Suárez was among their patients, and although they did not speculate on her injuries, they said in a statement she was “stable
and Erwin Tumiri, flight technician
The Colombian Red Cross, who are helping with the rescue operation, confirmed Tumiri was among those injured but alive. Later, the Somer Jugadores hospital confirmed Tumiri was among those injured and said that he shows “no life threatening injuries.” The civil aviation department also put out a statement confirming Tumiri was among survivors.