The football world is in mourning today after a plane carrying the Chapecoense football team crashed in Colombia.
Colombian police have confirmed that 76 of the 81 people on board the flight, which went down on its approach to the city of Medellin, have died.
Chapecoense’s team were on their way to Colombia to compete in the first leg of the Copa Sudamerica final against Medellin-based team Atletico Nacional.
One of the survivors of the incident is 27-year-old Brazilian Alan Ruschel.
The defender, on loan from Internacional, posted a series of photos via Snapchat before the plane crash, per 101 Great Goals.
Alan Ruschel’s Snapchat activity
Ruschel was sat next to Chapecoense goalkeeper Danilo, who has reportedly been named as the second player to have survived the crash.
Update: There are now reports that Danilo has also passed away.
Ruschel 'awake and talking' in hospital
Ruschel is understood to have been pulled from the wreckage but reports in South America claim the player arrived in hospital awake and talking.
Despite suffering multiple fractures, general head trauma and lacerations to the head, he reportedly asked someone to take care of his wedding ring and asked if his family were okay.
Ruschel’s wife posts on Twitter
Ruschel’s wife Alissen, meanwhile, reacted to the news of her husband’s survival on Twitter…
For all the latest details about the Chapecoense plane crash, click HERE.
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