Everyone escaped alive but one of the four passengers would never play professional football again. Sandro Luis arrived in hospital to be told by doctors his left foot would have to be amputated. Bosingwa was playing for Porto at the time and his employers punished him for his recklessness, imposing a lengthy internal suspension.
In that painful period of introspection, he suffered with a heavy conscience and the evidence this week, more than three years later, suggested he still does.
Dummy run: Chelsea's Portugal full back Jose Bosingwa pictured on the club's Surrey training ground near his new home.
In a small interview room at Chelsea's training ground, the mood changed the moment Bosingwa, 26, was reminded of the accident. The beaming smile disappeared. The head dropped.
'That is a subject I would rather not talk about,' he said without a hint of resentment.
'It hit me very hard and it changed my outlook on life.'
It was already a life, and indeed a personal journey, rich in experience. In many respects an unlikely rise to millionaire Chelsea footballer.
Bosingwa did not start playing football until he was 14, having spent his first nine years in the Democratic Republic of Congo before being sent to Portugal to live with older brother Antonio.
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