'Only God Can Explain': Soccer Player Says Seat-Switch Saved Him on Doomed Flight
Alan Ruschel, one of the surviving Brazilian soccer players from the Nov. 29 plane crash in Medellin, Colombia, has opened up about the crash that killed 19 of his teammates.
He said he was seated near the back of the plane when the team's goalkeeper, Jackson Follman, asked him to move up to sit next to him.
This simple seat-switch wound up saving his life.
Ruschel, a defenseman for the Chapecoense team, initially declined moving up so a group of journalists could sit together. However, he changed his mind after Follman insisted, the BBC reported.
"I didn't want to but then I saw Follman and he insisted that I sit beside him," said Ruschel, adding he doesn't recall the crash. "Only God can explain why I survived the accident. He grabbed me and gave me a second chance."
Only six people, including Ruschel and Follman, survived the crash that killed 71 people.
Ruschel and the goalkeeper, Jackson Follman, were among the six people to survive the horrific crash that killed 71 people aboard the plane, including 19 of his teammates.