God or Luck? Meet the Player Who Missed His Flight & Avoided Plane Crash That Killed His Brazilian Football Teammates


25-year-old Matheus Saroli, son of the Chapecoense manager who died in the Colombia plane crash, has revealed how he did not board the flight because he had forgotten his passport.

He was supposed to be on the plane that killed all but three of his teammates. Fortunately for him, he missed the flight.

The chartered plane, carrying the Brazilian football team, crashed outside the city of Medellin killing 75 and leaving just six survivors - three of them players.


Matheus Saroli revealed the news on Facebook and asked for privacy to grieve for his father, Caio Junior.

He said: "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."

Coach Caio Junior had made a chilling comment a few days before his passing. On Thursday Nov. 24, after his team qualified for the Copa Sudamerica final, he told the press: "If I die today, I'd die a happy man".

Team members had posed together for a picture in Bolivia ahead of take-off as they were travelling to Colombia for the biggest game in the club's history, the Copa Sudamerica final. 

But their journey came to a devastating end when the jet smashed into a hill and broke in two in remote mountains at about 10.15pm.


The Avro RJ85 plane, which was carrying nine crew, suffered power failures while flying through the Antioquia Department on its way from Bolivia. 

The pilot is believed to have circled around before crash landing in a desperate bid to lose fuel and avoid an explosion on impact.