WATCH: Chapecoense crash survivor releases video to thank fans for support

Chapecoense plane crash survivor Alan Ruschel has put out a video while in hospital, where he's recovering from spinal surgery.

The 27-year-old defender was onboard the plane when it came down near Medellin last week, after running out of fuel.

19 members of the Chapecoense team lost their lives.

Ruschel was one of three members of the team who survived the crash - which killed 71 people in total.

Ruschel gave an update on his injuries and expressed his gratitude for the support he has felt from people around the world.

“Hello people from Brazil and the entire world who have been following my recovery,” he said through an interpreter.

“I wanted to tell you that my recovery is going very well and soon I will be back in Brazil to finish my recovery.

“I want to thank everyone for giving me strength and for the affection I have received.”

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