Colombian plane crash: Son of Chapecoense coach missed fatal flight because he forgot passport video

Matheus Saroli, right, with his father Caio Junior in 2013.
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Matheus Saroli, right, with his father Caio Junior in 2013.

The son of the head coach of the Chapecoense team missed the doomed Colombian flight because he forgot his passport.

Matheus Saroli, son of coach Caio Junior, was turned away from the airport.

The charter flight carrying the club sliced into a Colombian hillside on Monday night (Tuesday NZ time), killing 71 and scattering six survivors among the snarled remains of wings and fuselage.

Rescue crew work near the wreckage from a plane that crashed into Colombian jungle.
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Rescue crew work near the wreckage from a plane that crashed into Colombian jungle.

Colombian aviation authorities have lowered the death toll from the charter plane crash to 71 from 75, saying that four fewer people were aboard the aircraft than originally reported.

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Saroli's father, who did not survive, had coached his team to the two-game final of the Copa Sudamericana, the continent's No 2 club tournament.

Matheus Saroli's Facebook post.
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Matheus Saroli's Facebook post.

It was as near the top of the world's soccer pyramid that he - and most of his itinerate players - were likely to reach.

"Thank you all for calling and sending messages," Saroli said in a Facebook post.

"I was in [Sao Paulo] today and I did not board because I forgot my passport."

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New daylight video released by Antioquia police in Colombia shows the debris field left by plane crash. Seventy-one people were killed in the crash.

He also asked for privacy for his family.

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"We are strong," he wrote. "We will go through it."

 - Stuff

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