Crew member survived tragic Colombia plane crash by following safety protocol


Crew member Erwin Tumiri curled up while others stood and screamed in terror as Flight 2933 plummeted to the ground.

Erwin was one of just six to survive the crash which left 71 people dead, including most of the Chapecoense football squad from Brazil.

He said: “I saved myself because I followed the emergency protocol, putting bags between my legs and putting myself in the foetal position.

He shouted: “We’re going down! There’s no fuel!

“Help us! Give us the vectors for the runway! Vectors for the runway! We’re at 1,000ft!”

Seconds later all contact was lost. Three of the players survived.

Goalkeeper Jackson Follmann has had his right leg amputated, defender Helio Neto is in intensive care, and defender Alan Ruschel has had spine surgery.

Alan’s dad Flavio said yesterday: “It’s a miracle.”

Journalist Rafael Valmorbida, one of around 20 on board sent to cover Chapecoense in the final of the Copa Sudamericana tournament, has multiple rib fractures and a collapsed lung.

The team’s lead goalkeeper, Marcos “Danilo” Padilha, 31, was also pulled alive from the wreckage but died on the way to hospital after making one last phone call to his wife.

Yesterday authorities were looking into the possibility that the plane crashed because the pilot didn’t realise until it was too late that he was going to run out of fuel.

The flight distance from Santa Cruz in Bolivia, where the plane took off from, to Medellin was at the limit of the aircraft’s capacity.

It also emerged that pilot Miguel’s dad had died in a plane crash.