Antonio Sena was lost and feared dead after the plane he was piloting went down in the Amazon jungle January 28th, just two days before his 36th birthday. After a suspected mechanical failure on his plane, Sena made a forced landing in a clearing and managed to grab a few belongings and bread before the plane erupted in flames.
Sena said he stayed with the wreckage of his aircraft, a Cessna 210, for about a week, hoping that search and rescue teams that continued to circle overhead would find him. When the search planes stopped coming, Sena realized he would have to find help on his own.
On Saturday afternoon, after living off of bird eggs, fruit, and water for five lonely weeks, Sena stumbled across a group of chestnut pickers who were able to contact authorities. He was airlifted out of the jungle by a helicopter rescue crew in dramatic footage.
Brazilian television broadcast Sena's tearful reunion with his family.
"The only thing that kept me strong and enabled me to come out of that situation alive was the love I have for my family, the desire I had to see my parents and my brother and sister again," Sena said. "It's a story of love and faith."