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'Blessed' plane crash survivor crawls out of bus wreckage

LA PAZ — A 30-year-old flight engineer who survived a horror plane crash in Colombia in 2016 has crawled alive from the wreckage of a bus in Bolivia that plunged off a cliff, killing 21 people.

Mr Erwin Tumiri recovers in a clinic in Cochabamba, Bolivia on Dec 3, 2016 after being one of the six survivors of the airplane that crashed in Colombia. He also survived a bus that plunged some 150m off a cliff near Cochabamba on March 2, 2021, killing 21 people and injuring 30.

Mr Erwin Tumiri recovers in a clinic in Cochabamba, Bolivia on Dec 3, 2016 after being one of the six survivors of the airplane that crashed in Colombia. He also survived a bus that plunged some 150m off a cliff near Cochabamba on March 2, 2021, killing 21 people and injuring 30.

LA PAZ — A 30-year-old flight engineer who survived a horror plane crash in Colombia in 2016 has crawled alive from the wreckage of a bus in Bolivia that plunged off a cliff, killing 21 people.

"I crawled out, my knee was injured, I sat down and said: 'Again, I cannot believe it'," Bolivian Erwin Tumiri told Los Tiempos newspaper from his hospital bed in Cochabamba in central Bolivia after Tuesday's disaster.

Mr Tumiri was on the crew of a plane that crashed in Colombia in 2016, carrying 19 players from Brazilian football club Chapecoense to Medellin for a match. 

Seventy-one people died.

He was also on the bus that plunged some 150m off a cliff near Cochabamba on Tuesday, killing 21 people and injuring 30.

"I grabbed onto the seat in front of me, I knew we were going to crash, because we were going at great speed," Mr Tumiri recalled.

"I continued holding on, I did not let go until we hit the ground," he said.

Mr Tumiri said he was conscious when rescuers arrived.

"I feel blessed. Always giving thanks to God," he added.

Only five other people survived the 2016 plane crash: Three footballers, a Bolivian flight attendant and a Brazilian journalist. AFP

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