Matheus Saroli, the son of the Brazilian football coach, shared a post on Instagram admitting he forgot his passport for ill-fated flight LM12933.
The 25-year-old was due to board the plane heading from Sao Paulo to Bolivia, which crashed on Tuesday morning in northeastern Colombia, killing 71 people.
Sadly, Mr Junior, 51, was one of those killed in the crash, which wiped out most of the Chapecoense team, who were on their way to Medellin for the Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional tomorrow.
The match was pitted to be one of the biggest in the club’s history, but only three players from the team survived the crash.
Matheus posted a photo of him and his father on Instagram with the caption: “Friends, me, my brother and my mum are okay. We need strength and some privacy, especially my mother.
“But thank you to everyone for all the messages. I was in SP (Sao Paulo) today and I did not board because I had forgotten my passport.
“We are strong and we will get through this. Thank you for all of your messages.”
One player, defender Alan Ruschel, 27, posted photos to social media of him and goalkeeper Danilo Padhila on the plane hours before it went down.
Padhila was initially rushed to hospital with injuries when the airline went down, but later died in hospital.
The flight, run by Venezuelan company LaMia, was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew members when it crashed at 10.15pm local time on Monday – five minutes from landing – in the El Gordo mountains close to the city of Medellin, Colombia”s second largest city.
The cause of the crash has not yet been confirmed but Colombia’s aviation authority are investigating reports that it may have been caused by electrical problems or the aircraft running out of fuel.