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team on their way to the first-ever playoff game in their history when their plane crashed in the mountains of colombia. 71 people died. but six somehow made it. their bodies found away from the wreckage. what can we learn from them? here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: looking at the images of this plane crash today, the mangled seats just part of the fuselage intact, it's hard to imagine anyone could 71 died but remarkably at least six did survive. >> in this particular instance, with all the wreckage that we've seen in the pictures, i would say if it's not miraculous, it's fairly close. >> reporter: last night search and rescue teams frantically working to pull them from the debris. the jet they were on was flying to the colombian city of medellin, going down in the mountains around the airport monday night. among those on board the
the chapecoense. it was to be a ju yus trip for the team, headed to a big tournament for the first time. alan ruschel with the beard one of the two players who survived. next to him padilla, a goalkeeper, found alive. he was able to call his family, but then died from his injuries. another tragic story, the death of this 22-year-old player. his family releasing video last week when he learned he would soon be a father. fans of the team now stunned by the loss. and tonight new details. colombian authorities say the tail hit the top of the mountain and the rest of the plane slid down the other side. a team of investigators looking to the black boxes that they recovered to determine what went wrong. >> the flight data recorder will tell us what was and what was not operating in the cockpit. what did the pilots have to work with? >> reporter: the plane was a
charter company, often used to get into difficult airports which medellin is. abc's steve ganyard has flown into that airport before. >> even in the daytime it's a very sporty place. not only do you have rugged terrain but oftentimes weather. it's a very high altitude about 7,500 feet. >> reporter: the soccer team's journey began monday evening. the team posting this video to their facebook page showing them getting readily for the first leg of their journey, from brazil to bolivia. the team's manager the trip as the club's most important so far. one of the journalists on board uploads this the photo of them once they board that first leg. soccer players felipe machado filming himself joking with fellow passengers and teammates. once in bolivia, the second leg takes off, headed to colombia's medellin international airport. but at 9:54 p.m. local time as the plane is nearing the end of its five-hour flight,
it's having electrical problems. radar shows the jet circling near medellin several times. the plane descends 5,000 feet within two minutes. >> the fact that they circled and circled after declaring an emergency and then impact the ground the way they did indicates they might have been completely without instrumentation and were searching for the runway. >> reporter: at about 15,000 feet the plane disappears from radar. emergency crews descend upon the scene. those six people pulled alive local hospitals. with sunrise comes a clearer look at the wreckage and the plane torn to pieces. the 71 bodies now recovered. those six survivors beat the odds given how many participatings die in crashes like this. when air france flight 447 went down in the atlantic ocean in june 2009, all 228 aboard were killed. the plane suffering an aerodynamic stall.
804 crashing into the mediterranean sea, killing 66 passengers. that investigation still ongoing. tonight, investigators trying to determine where in the plane those survivors were sitting. >> there is no safest seat. because every time we have an accident and they're so few and far between, but every time one does occur that's survivable, it's always different. each one is unique. that's the same thing about the seats. we just have no way of predicting. >> reporter: bracing for impact is key i crash. in an effort to examine how a tragic incident such as a plane crash unfolds, the discovery channel series "curiosity plane crash" rigged up this 727 jet with cameras, sensors and test dummies before crashing it into the mexican desert. >> the brace position is designed to reduce your chances of being knocked unconscious during a heavy impact. and you must be conscious obviously to evacuate. >> in an accident that is otherwise survivable, in which
and obviously in this case it did break apart -- it is extremely important for passengers to do several things. first of all, they need to know when they get on the plane where the nearest exit is. secondly, they need to listen and follow immediately the orders of the flight attendants who will be yelling at them to do certain things. thirdly, no matter how much you need that laptop, leave it there, don't try to take it out with you. >> reporter: for plane crash survivors the impact can be devastating. last year blink 182 drummer travis barker opened up to connelly. >> about the tragic plane crash he and his friend adam goldstein survived in 2008. four others died that september night. >> we go to take off and you just hear like really -- sounds like someone's shooting at the plane. then the plane spirals out of control and starts skidding on the runway. smoke starts coming through the entire plane. then we take off. and i'm screaming at this point.
coming true. >> reporter: the crash left him with severe burns, covering 65% of his body. barker undergoing 27 surgeries. the pain so extreme the famous drummer considered suicide at one point. >> i would call friends of mine and go, i'll deposit $1 million into whoever's bank account, i'm done. >> reporter: according to an ntsb report, the cause of that plane crash was a combination of severely underinflated tires, a problem in the aircraft's thrust decision to abort takeoff too late. lear jet manufactured that aircraft and told abc news, safety is its top priority, adding this that their aircraft meet the stringent quality and safety stars of u.s., canadian, and european authorities. while still infrequent, private plane crashes are far more likely than those on commercial aircraft. back in brazil tonight, mourning. this photo capturing the reactions of two players who did
told about the crash. and fans gathering at the stadium that is home to the brazilian team to pay tribute to those who died in the crash. some of the world's biggest teams from real madrid to barcelona held a minute's silence at the top of their practice sessions today. the colombian soccer team that the brazilian team was slated to play said today that it wants the brazilians to be crowned the champions of the cup. for "nightline" i'm david kerley in washington, d.c. next, the strange new twists in the case of sherri papini, the mom who went missing for three weeks. her husband says the abductors cut off her hair, beat her, even branded her. what he's also saying about rumors it could all be a hoax. ? i got a blank space baby ? ? and i'll write your name. >> taylor swift filling in a blank space in your tv lineup
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there are some with czar new details emerging in the case of sherri papini, the mom who vanished for three weeks only to be found tied up on the side of a country road. her husband is now speaking out about the appalling condition in which his wife was found and about rumors the whole thing may have been a hoax. here's abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: today allege
papini's husband keith describing a rush of conflicting emotions after the mother of two was miraculously found alive after 22 days. in a statement to abc news keith says the officers warned me to brace myself. nothing could have prepared me for what i was about to see upon my arrival at the hospital. her face covered in bruises ranging from yellow to black because of repeated beatings. the bridge of her nose broken. he says his wife weighed just 87 pounds. he says her appearance radically during the ordeal. her signature long blond hair had been chopped off. her now emaciated body covered in severe burns. she has been branded. he describes her being thrown from a vehicle with a chain around her waist attached to her wrists and a bag over her head after being held for more than three weeks. the brand on papini's body a possible lead. keith said it was already beginning to heal. >> i'm not able to go into the
is. but it could be a number of different messages. >> you know what the brandings were? >> yes. >> did they say something? >> it is not a symbol, but it was a message. >> to who? >> could be a message to her, it could be a message to others. >> if you go deeper with this, as to why they would brand a person, i think it's probably twofold. one, it's a control thing and it's also they're trying to move further away from her identity. >> reporter: in his statement keith expressing gratitude to everyone who helped his family through this torturous journey and contempt to those suggesting her disappearance may have been some sort of hoax. >> when you're looking at a profile of someone that would kidnap a female and cut off her hair, what does that person look like to you? >> obviously a very sick person
cut it off to change her physical appearance, but also as part of that psychological warfare, if you will, to humiliate them. >> reporter: earlier today, authorities met with papini for the third time since she's been found, trying to fug you're out who was responsible and why she was suddenly released. >> the only people that know that would be the abductors. >> do you believe you're looking for two hispanic women and possibly others? >> well, right now still the two hispanic female adults armed with a hand 51. >> reporter: shasta county sheriff's office is focused on locating two women papini said were driving a dark-colored suv. >> this has the flavor of someone who has been taken for a particular purpose. not to ransom away or to maybe even sell to somebody else. that's what makes this kidnapping extremely unusual.
heavily battered and it as confirmed kidnapping. >> it's been six days since papini was found bound on the side of a california highway. she's described as her family as super mom. she vanished november 2nd after going out for a run. her husband keith immediately on edge, arriving home from work to an empty house. he began a desperate search using the find my iphone app. he located sherri's cell phone on the side of the road a mile from their home with strands her hair tangled in her earbuds. >> i went to pick it up. at this point everything that i was going through my head, i already knew something was wrong, so i immediately called 911. >> reporter: keith passing a polygraph test early. ruling him out as a suspect. just four days after she disappeared, keith shared his shock and confusion over why anyone would target his wife. >> everybody loved sherri. there's no one that doesn't like sherri. i don't have the words, but you
>> reporter: also his desperate pleas for sherri's safe return. >> bring her home. just bring her home. >> reporter: then in dramatic fashion, at 4:30 in the morning, she appeared. it was dark. just like this. sherri papini told authorities her captors just dropped her off, right there behind me, 150 miles from her home on thanksgiving day. authorities say she was bound with restraints but was able to flag down a passing driver. other drivers were calling 911. nowhere. frantically waving what looked like a shirt up and down. >> reporter: keith telling abc news that shirt was actually the bag that had been placed over her head. >> i mean, she definitely looked frightened. and like -- yeah she had like a wide-eyed panic kind of look. >> reporter: alison sutton was driving down this dark yolo county road when she says she passed papini and called 911.
of nowhere. it startled me but i figured, you know, if somebody was desperate enough for help, that they were willing to be so close to traffic that they might get hit, that they really needed help. >> reporter: at the time, sutton didn't know who the woman was. >> i do feel like i got to be a witness to a small miracle. >> reporter: pettini was treated and released from an area hospital where she was reunited with her husband keith. together they made at least one phoneal hometown with an emotional thank you for the community's support. >> overjoyed. just that she was able to talk and give thanks. and sherri of course was tearful on the phone. even talking about it now, i'm getting tearful. i mean, there isn't anything better. >> sherri has got a long road ahead of her from a psychological standpoint, as any of us would that would have experienced what it appears she has gone through in the last three weeks.
swirling about who's responsible, this northern california community is on edge should the community be worried? >> the community should be concerned. i always ask them to exercise caution and quarterness. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm kayna whitworth in redding, california. ? next, taylor swift gets her own 24-hour tv channel. the thing is she never goes out of style. ? ? the itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout. down came the rain and clogged the gutter system creating a leak in the roof. luckily the spider recently had geico help him with homeowners insurance. water completely destroyed his swedish foam mattress.
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