A pilot and father-to-be who crashed in the middle of the Brazilan rainforest miraculously survived for four days alone. Injured Maicon Esteves was found alive in the hostile environment by rescuers on Wednesday afternoon, 15 miles from the burned out wreckage.
He was suffering from exhaustion as well as first and second degree burns to his arms, neck and face.
The light agricultural aircraft used for spraying crops crashed on November 3, deep inside the jungle in the central west state of Mata Grosso.
A video shows the moment a search party, including firefighters and police officers, found the 27-year-old man lying on his back near a creek unable to move.
In the footage, the team lift him onto an improvised stretcher with a canopy of leaves shielding his body from the hot sun and trudge for several hours back through the forest to safety.
He was taken on the back of a pick-up to an ambulance waiting on the edge of the forest, as it was unable to get closer due to the rough terrain.
According to a rural worker, who helped in the hunt, Maicon escaped the wreckage and found his way to a river then collapsed upon reaching it.
He was unable to drink any of it because he was too weak to swallow.
Speaking to his family, the pilot said he was lucky to be alive.
He said he was burned after the plane exploded when it hit the ground, but he did not give more details about what may have caused the accident.
He reportedly said he used a GPS satellite navigation device to find the stream.
By Wednesday he was too weary to continue walking and decided to lie down on the banks of the river, which is where he was found.
The aviation accident was witnessed from a distance by two farmhands who saw the aircraft losing power and disappearing into the forest. It took them about an hour and a half to cut through the jungle to get to the wreckage.
When they reached the crash site, they found the yellow aircraft, a Neiva EMB-201, on fire and debris scattered across a wide area but no sign of the pilot.
The aircraft cabin was still intact and the door open, which indicated that Mr Esteves had left the scene.
When no blood traces were found on the wreck, family and friends clung to the hope he would be rescued alive following the forced landing.
His pocket knife was located six feet away from the plane, along with some paper identified as being his.
He said he was determined to survive despite the odds being against him. And his resilience paid off.
He is expected to stay in hospital for at least a week.