Coaches and players of Brazilian football club, Chapecoense were heading to the first of two matches in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, on Monday night when their chartered aircraft crashed south of Medellin, a muddy Colombian hillside, killing 71 of the 77 people aboard.
Only three players were among the survivors. But one man had luck by his side. Matheus Saroli, whose father Caio Junior, 51, was one of the victims of the tragic crash, got saved -- thanks to his forgotten passport. Saroli made the revelation in a Facebook post:
"Friends, my brother and my mother are all well. We ask that we are given a little privacy, especially to my mother, and thank all of those sending messages. I was in Sao Paulo today and didn't board the flight because I had forgotten my passport. We are strong, we are going to get past this. Thank you everyone" he wrote.