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Chapecoense plane crash survivor Ruschel joins Goias on loan
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Chapecoense plane crash survivor Ruschel joins Goias on loan

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Rio de Janeiro, Aug 22: Alan Ruschel, one of three Chapecoense players who survived a 2016 plane crash, has secured a loan move to the team's Brazilian Serie A rivals Goias, both clubs said.

Ruschel, who turns 30 on Friday, will be tied to the Goiania-based club until the end of 2019. "It was a joint decision between the player, the board and the coaching staff," read a Chapecoense statement on Wednesday. It added that Ruschel remains contracted with Chapecoense until the end of 2020.

Seventy-one people died, including 19 Chapecoense players and all of their coaching staff, when the LaMia charter plane in which they were travelling ran out of fuel and slammed into a hillside near the Colombian city of Medellin in November 2016. Other survivors of the crash were goalkeeper Jackson Follmann, center-back Helio Neto, journalist Rafael Henzel, and flight attendants Erwin Tumiri and Ximena Suarez. Henzel died in March this year after suffering a heart attack.

Ruschel returned to football nine months after the tragedy by appearing in a friendly for the Brazilian club against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

The left-back has played six of a possible 15 matches for Chapecoense in Brazil's Serie A this year. (UNI-XINHUA)