Brazilian Footballer Alan Ruschel Survives Plane Crash; Brazilian President Declares 3-Day National Mourning

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Alan Ruschel and wife Alisen are shown in photo during a happy moment. The snap was posted in social media with the caption, “eternal love.”

Most of the members of Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team that was slated to play in the finals of the Copa Sudamericana perished when the plane that was supposed to bring them to Columbia, LAMIA Flight 2933, crashed. Alisen Ruschel took to social media to express utter relief that her husband Alan Ruschel, a Brazilian professional football player, was discovered alive after being pulled from the wreckage.

Alan, 27, had posted a snap of himself on Instagram in a cheery mood with soccer teammate and goalkeeper Danilo Padilha just before the tragedy.

Alan’s wife tweeted and wrote on Instagram, “Thank you, my God! I owe everything to You, You are wonderful” followed by two identical images of hands clasped in prayer. She also thanked everybody for their prayers and messages of support. Alan sustained head injuries.

Danilo had less luck. The plane that came from Bolivia carried 81 passengers that included players and journalists, apart from the crewmen. Electrical failure was found to be the main cause of trouble prior to landing near the airport in Medellin, Colombia.

Who Survived With Alan Ruschel?

Among the six survivors in the plane wreckage, apart from Alan Ruschel, were Jackson Follmann and Zampier Neto, crew members Ximena Suárez and Erwin Tumiri, and one journalist, Rafael Valmorbida.

After seeing online Alan’s Snapchat photographs that included a team photo and several people in mourning for those who perished, a fan expressed that looking at the snaps brought forth “an indescribable feeling.”

“So sad to think most if not all people in those pictures are now dead. Rest In Peace,” he said.

Brazil’s President Michel Tamer made a declaration to observe three days of national mourning. Chapecoense fans converged at the football club’s stadium in Chapecó, Brazil to pray for the players and for the staff killed in the plane crash.

Several people in the crowd wore the team’s colors and brought  flowers and flags as tribute and symbols of mourning for the victims. Alan Ruschel was reportedly in stable condition after getting treatment in a local hospital following his pullout from the wreckage.

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