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How Hero Pilot Saved Lives In Tragic Colombian Plane Crash

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As the world awoke this morning we were met with the horrific news that a plane carrying 81 people had crashed in Medellin, Colombia. 

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The plane, which was carrying a top flight Brazilian team, Chapecoense, is reported to have suffered electrical problems before simply falling from the sky.

Of the 81 on board, 76 people were later confirmed dead by police at scene, reports the Mirror.

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Although the survivors are few, it is thought that the pilot of the plane, Miquel Quiroga, did all he could to limit fatalities by heroically opening a fuel door and releasing the bulk of the fuel inside the jet.

If the pilot had not opened the fuel door, the plane would’ve burst into flames upon impact – almost certainly killing everybody on board.

Just before takeoff the pilot of the plane posed for this selfie with some of the Chapecoense players.


The jet is thought to have broken into two pieces when it crashed in the Colombian mountains at 10pm local time (3am UK time).

Chapecoense were scheduled to play in the Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico National in Medellin. The first leg of the final was scheduled for Wednesday, but has now been suspended.

Former Atlético Madrid midfielder, Cleber Santana, is also among the dead.

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