Soccer team air crash survivor returns to Brazil

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 14, 2016 10:17 AM
Soccer team air crash survivor returns to Brazil
ADDS NAMES - In this Nov. 2, 2016 photo, players of Brazil's Chapecoense team pose before a Copa Sudamericana soccer match against Argentina's San Lorenzo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Top row from left, goalkeeper Marcos Danilo Padilha, Bruno Rangel Domingues, Helio Hermito Zampier Neto, Cleber Santana Loureiro, Willian Thiago. Bottom row from left, Guilherme Gimenez de Souza, Ananias Eloi Castro Monteiro, Tiago "Tiaguinho" Da Rocha Vieira, Matheus Bitencourt da Silva, Dener Assuncao Braz and Jose "Gil" Gildeixon Clemente de Paiva. A plane carrying the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense team that was on it's way for a Copa Sudamericana final match against Colombia's Atletico Nacional crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombian officials said Tuesday, Nov. 29. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A soccer player who survived an air crash that killed most of his teammates has returned to Brazil.

Doctors say goalkeeper Jackson Follmann of the Chapecoenese soccer team is well enough to have back surgery on Tuesday following his arrival in Sao Paulo.

The goalie had part of his right leg amputated in Medellin, Colombia after the Nov. 28 crash that killed 71 people, including 19 players. Two other survivors were also returning to Brazil on Tuesday.

Defender Alan Ruschel and journalist Rafael Henzel were traveling to the southern Brazilian city of Chapeco.

Another survivor is defender Neto, who remains serious condition in Colombia.

Two Bolivian members of the air crew also survived the crash.

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