Flight crew never warned passengers on doomed Chapecoense flight
Rafael Henzel, a journalist who traveled with the Champecoense team and one of the only survivors of the fatal plane crash, remembered the flight crew not telling any passengers to fasten their seatbelts.
In his first interview since the crash, Henzel spoke with Brazil’s Fantastico TV and mentioned that none of the passengers were given a warning on the upcoming crash. “ No one told us to fasten our seat belts, said Henzel, “Every time we asked when we’d arrive we were told ten minutes”.
He continued to explain that the lights and engines went off. Passengers were concerned but were not given any warning. No one had an idea what was going on. He remembered how people were rushing back to their seats when the plane went dark although nobody thought the plane was going to crash.
After the crash, Henzel, who broke seven ribs, was one of the last to be rescued. He saw torchlights and screamed out so rescuers could hear him. He is grateful for all that the Colombian emergency workers did especially in a terrain that was dark and soaked with rain.
Henzel and players Jakson Follmann and Alan Ruschel will be flown from Colombia to Brazil in the pending days.
In an additional note, Defender Helio Neto, who was pulled alive from the wreckage, has awakened after spending nine days in a drug-induced coma and on a ventilator. He came out of the coma and ventilator Friday with only one question. Did they defeat Athletico National?
He still does not know what happened or that he has lost not only his coaches but also his teammates. Neto is asking why he is in the hospital and what happened.
Doctors at the request of psychologists have been told not to tell him for the time being what had happened. Doctor Carlos Mendonca told Brazil’s TV Globo: “It’s a recommendation from the psychologist not to tell him just yet to avoid any emotional shock that would be potentially damaging for his clinical recovery at this moment.”