Hélio Hermito Zampier Neto, known professionally by the mononym Neto, was one of the six survivors of LaMia Flight 2933 that crashed in the hills of northwestern Colombia Nov. 28 and killed 71 people on board, including 19 of Neto’s teammates.
Upon gaining consciousness after almost two weeks, Neto asked who won the final of the Copa Sudamericana and why he was unable to play, team doctor Edson Stakonski said.
The two additional surviving Chapecoense players, Alan Ruschel and Jackson Follmann, are returning to Brazil today, but Neto’s condition precludes him from leaving San Vicente Foundation Hospital in Rionegro for the time being, according to Stakonski.
Doctors and psychologists at the hospital are withholding information about the crash from Neto, 31, until he is stable.
In addition to the three players, the other survivors of the accident were flight attendant Ximena Suarez, aircraft technician Erwin Timuri and journalist Rafael Valmorbida.
The pilots additionally chose to bypass a scheduled refueling stop earlier in the trip, according to a government official in Antioquia, Colombia.
It appeared that the plane’s tail clipped the top of a mountain and broke off as it approached José María Córdova International Airport in Rionegro, a Colombian official with Civil Defense of Medellin told ABC News.
In just its third season since gaining promotion to Brazil’s premier Serie A in 2014, Chapecoense was in the midst of an unexpected run to the finals of the tournament, considered to be the continent’s second most important, which draws teams from a number of major leagues.
The match was suspended after the crash and the Chapecoense team was declared the winner last week after Atletico Nacional, their scheduled opponent, requested that they be awarded the title.
ABC News’ Aicha El Hammar, Ben Gittleson and Kirit Radia contributed to this report.