Goalkeeper Jackson Follman, one of the just three players to survive the Chapecoense plane crash tragedy, has been talking about the moments before the crash for the first time.
Follman gave a chilling account of events during the final moments before the plane came down while on its way to the Copa Sudamericana final in an interview with a Brazilian TV show.
“I remember when the aeroplane turned itself off, when the lights went out,” Follmann said.
“I saw that something was wrong. The plane did not actually fall; after turning off, it started to glide slowly. I don’t remember the moment of the crash because I passed out. It happened so quickly.
“I do remember waking up. I opened my eyes. It was very dark and very cold. I was shivering. I shouted, ‘Help! I don’t want to die!’ Some of my friends, who were still alive, also shouted. I heard the rescuers arrive, saying they were national police.”
Follmann woke up four days later in a Medellin hospital, to find he was missing a leg, after injuries meant it had to be amputated.
Chapecoense plane tragedy survivor Jackson Follmann enters the pitch holding the Copa Sudamericana trophy.
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“My mum came in and spoke to me,” he said. “It was difficult. That’s when I woke up. I cried a lot when I opened my eyes.”
Follman, survived along with defenders Alan Ruschel and Helio Neto, while 71 others players, club staff, reporters and flight crew perished as the plane came down short of the airport in Medellin, Colombia.
Faced with the tragedy and the end of his playing career, he added that he would just like to get on with things.
“I’m going to get married,” he said. “I want to get back to a normal life.”