Juliane Koepcke

Although plane crashes are relatively rare, the death toll is usually high due to a large number of people onboard.
Sometimes, people get lucky and become the sole survivors of plane crashes.
But, for many of these survivors, living through the crash was only the beginning as they then had to survive dire conditions.

Recent incidents involving individuals being sucked out of broken plane windows have renewed a nationwide conversation about air travel safety. And although flying is much safer than traveling by car, when plane crashes do occur, the death toll can be tragically high.

However, sometimes — whether by luck or strength — individuals manage to become the sole survivors of deadly plane crashes. Here are the stories of six people who beat the odds and lived to tell the tale.

Annette Herfkens survived on solely rainwater after her plane crashed into a mountain.

In 1992, Vietnamese Airlines Flight VN474 crashed into a remote mountain range in Vietnam. All 29 passengers and crew members died except Dutch native Annette Herfkens, who lost her fiancé in the crash. Incredibly, she wasn’t wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Although she had two fractured hips, a collapsed lung, a broken jaw, and gangrene, she survived alone in the wilderness for eight days, subsisting on rainwater, before she was found by a local policeman.

Juliane Koepcke survived a plane crash and 11 days in the Amazon rainforest.

LANSA Flight 508 was en route from Lima, Peru, to a town in the Amazon rainforest when it was struck by lightning and broke apart in mid-air. Juliane Koepcke, 17, was the sole survivor; the other 91 people onboard died.

The German national fell more than two miles to the canopy of the rainforest and received only minor injuries. She spent 11 days …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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