When 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke finished her school, she went along with her mother to join her father at a research station in the Amazon rainforest. At about 21,000 feet, the plane got caught in the middle of a big storm. The cabin began tearing apart into pieces. Strapped to her seat and hanging head-over-heels she went into a 10,000 feet free-fall from the sky!
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Airline with a bad reputation 0:28
Big storm 1:15
In the jungle 2:41
Down the river 3:46
Juliane finds a hut 6:18
How things ended up 6:59
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– The girl and her mother were really eager to leave Lima as soon as possible and fly to Pucallpa, which was the nearest city to that station, but almost all the flights were booked because of the holiday season.
– After crossing the Andes at about 21,000 feet, the plane got caught in the middle of a big storm with constant thunder and lightning.
– The fuel tank was ignited and moments later, one of the plane’s wings was torn off. Before Juliane could understand what was happening, the airliner went into a nose-dive and the cabin began tearing apart into pieces.
– She realized she was all alone in the middle of the jungle. In addition to that, Juliane’s collarbone was broken and she had several deep cuts on her arms and legs. Despite those injuries, she started moving, promising herself to get through this nightmare at all cost.
– Juliane was actually pretty familiar with the jungle. because her father was a biologist who studied Amazon wildlife. She spent quite a lot of time with him at his research station and he taught her a lot of things about rainforest nature.
– The girl just kept walking, despite scorching heat and hunger. It was rainy season in the Amazon, meaning that there was no fruit to pick.
– So she swam in the river at day and went back to the shore at night to rest. But sleeping at night was no easy feat because insects kept biting her, making her injuries even more painful.
– Juliane explained to three lumberjacks who she was and what happened to her. They treated her wounds and gave her something to eat.
– Soon her father arrived, and they were finally reunited. While staying at the hospital, Juliane gave information to the researchers that helped them locate the wreck. Sadly, she was the only one who survived the crash.
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