The Brazilian footballer, Helio Neto, who was among the six survivors of the Colombian plane crash on Tuesday, November 29 was reading a Bible verse which says: “My soul follows you closely; Your right hand upholds me.”
Seventy four people died in the crash including Chapocoense team who were flying to Colombia on the 10:00pm flight, to play first leg of the Sudamericana Cup final against Atletico Nacional. Helio Neto was one of three footballers, two crew and a journalist to remain alive in the devastating crash.
It was discovered that Neto was reading a Bible passage about “safety in the shadow of God’s wings” before the accident. The Bible was found among the plane wreckage by rescue team and returned to his wife. A bookmark inserted next to the Psalm 63 of the book reads:
“On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night; Because you have been my help.
“Then I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings. My soul follows you closely; Your right hand upholds me.”
While the Chapecoense centre back footballer fight for his life hospital, his wife, Semione described him as a deeply religious person who always travel with the Bible, no matter the destination.
“This [Bible] is the first thing he takes when he travels, and here are his annotations, I’m very grateful to have it back.”
It was also learned that Helio Neto had told his wife in the morning of the tragic incident, that he had seen the plane crash in his dream. So far, he has undergone extensive surgery on his lungs, skull, knees and wrists and his family hope he will make a full recovery soon.
Meanwhile, a report on BBC said the Bolivian authorities have arrested the head of the airline, Gustavo Vargas, a retired General. The general was detained following claims by one of the airport official, Celia Castedo who allegedly warned the pilot of the airline before departure.