Crew member explains how he survived Chapecoense air tragedy

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Erwin Tumiri, one of the two flight crew members to survive the plane crash that killed the majority of Brazilian football team Chapecoense, has explained how he managed to avoid death or serious injury.

The plane, which was carrying 77 people on route to a Copa Sudamericana game in Colombia crashed into a mountain close to the capital of Medellin.

Six survivors have so far been confirmed, with three players, two flight staff and a journalist thought to have avoided death.

As reported by Somos Invictos, Tumiri has now come forward to reveal just how he escaped from the crash unharmed.

According to the aircraft technician, his survival was down to the fact he followed the safety protocols that are traditionally set out to passengers at the start of the flight.

By contrast, Tumiri claims that many others on the plane simply panicked given the situation at hand.

"I survived because I followed the security protocols. Given the situation, many rose from the seats and started screaming. I put the bags between my legs to form the fetal position recommended in accidents", he said.

The tragedy of Chapecoense has rocked the football world, with leading players like Neymar, Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney among those to offer their condolences.

Atletico Nacional, the Colombian side Chapecoense had been due to play in the Copa Sudamericana, meanwhile, has offered to concede the game in order to ensure the Brazilian side are crowned champions.

Meanwhile, clubs from across Brazil have offered Chapecoense the opportunity to take players on loan, without charge in the wake of the tragedy.

For now though,  the thoughts of countless football fans across the world are with those who died on the fateful flight and the survivors who suffered significant injuries.

Defender Alan Ruschel suffered spinal injuries as a result of the crash while fellow stopper Helio Zemper suffered blows to the skull and chest.

Goalkeeper Jakson Follman is also recovering from unspecified injuries. Fellow shot-stopper Marcos Padilha, known as Danilo, had also been pulled alive from the wreckage but later died in hospital.

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