One of the survivors of the Colombian plane crash, and soccer player Alan Ruschel, Instagrammed before boarding the plane that went down,
The man with the beard is Alan Ruschel — a defender on the Chapecoense soccer team, based out of Brazil and with him is his teammate, Danilo Padilha. The team was set to play in the finals of the Copa Sudamericana on Wednesday.
The plane was headed en route to Medellín, Colombia. Padilha survived the initial crash, but later died at a nearby hospital. Ruschel reportedly suffered head injuries in the crash, but is said to be alive.
The plane, which took off from Bolivia, contained 81 passengers all including players, journalists and others. It reportedly suffered electrical failure just before it was supposed to land near the airport in Medellin, Colombia.
Rescuers found 6 survivors in the wreckage, three soccer players, two crewman and one journalist. 71 people have been confirmed dead.
According to reports, Lionel Messi and the Argentina national soccer team flew on the exact same plane just 20 days ago to travel to a match in Brazil.