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Crewmember in Colombia plane crash explains why he survived

New York Daily News New York Daily News 6 days ago STEPHEN REX BROWN

The plane slammed into the side of a mountain in Colombia, killing 71, including a Brazilian soccer team. - Luis Benavides/AP

The plane slammed into the side of a mountain in Colombia, killing 71, including a Brazilian soccer team. - Luis Benavides/AP
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One of the five survivors of the plane crash in Colombia that killed 71 — most of them belonging to a Brazilian soccer team — said he dodged death because he followed safety instructions.

Crewmember Erwin Tumiri said that as many passengers panicked, he followed the guidelines repeated at the beginning of every flight.

“I survived because I followed safety protocols. Before the crash, many got out of their seats and started to scream,” Tumiri said, according to Latin American news outlet NTN.

“I put my luggage between my legs to form the fetal position they recommend in accidents.”

The short-haul airliner, operated by layover, crashed south of Medellin. It was bound for Jose Maria Cordova International Airport in Rionegro, where Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense was to play in a championship match.

The pilots on the British Aerospace 146 aircraft declared an emergency due to a possible electrical failure, Rionegro airport spokeswoman Ana Lucia Perez Mesa said.

“God be with our athletes, leaders, journalists and other guests who were along with the delegation,” the Chapecoense soccer association said in a statement to its Facebook page.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis spoke of the tragedy while addressing Portuguese-speaking pilgrims.

“I’d like to recall today the Brazilian people’s sorrow,” he said, asking for prayers for the victims of these “harsh tragedies.”

Brazilian President Michel Temer declared three days of national mourning for the victims.

Leandro Bastos player of Chapecoense's under-15 soccer team sits inside the team's locker room at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco: Leandro Bastos of Chapecoense's under-15 soccer team sits inside the team's locker room at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil. Mourning the Chapecoense plane crash

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