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On innumerable occasions, we have heard and at times seen people tripping, falling from steps or a ladder and getting their bones broken, at times gravely injuring themselves and at times escaping with minor bruises. Some falls even end up being fatal! But you know what is weird- when we hear these miraculous, one in a million insane survival stories of people who fall from an airplane in the sky, get up, dust off and live to tell the tale. This video is about 6 such people who survived the impossible!

Vesna Vulovic was a 23 year old flight attendant on Yugoslav Airlines which was enroute from Stockholm to Belgrade on 26th January 1972. The plane crashed against the snowed slope of a mountain in Czechoslovakia. All the passengers and the crew died in the crash except for Vesna Vulovic. Although her condition was critical, she was miraculously found alive. Vesna spent 27 days in coma and when she came out of coma she first asked the doctor for a cigarette. She had no memory of the crash. She recovered fully after 17 months and continued to fly with Yugoslav Airlines for 20 more years. She holds the Guinness world record for the highest free fall without a parachute and Paul McCartney awarded her the prize in a ceremony in London.

South African Christine McKenzie was a veteran skydiver who was on her 112th jump. And then everything that could possibly go wrong did! As she was falling from a height of 11000 feet, she pulled her ripcord to open the parachute. To her horror, she discovered that the main chute failed to deploy. But skydivers generally have a reserve chute for backup. So, she released the backup and yep, you guessed it! That too failed! As she was hurtling towards a certain death at 100 mph, she crashed into power cables which helped to slow her impact to the ground. The power cables broke her fall and she found herself still alive after flopping to the ground below. Christine only suffered mild bruises and a cracked pelvis.

Now, just imagine if an aircraft is struck by lightning mid-air, at a height of around 10,000 feet, and breaks up in two and plummets down to earth…..what would be chances of survival, if one were a passenger who is strapped to her seat with a seatbelt? Close to zilch or extremely improbable, right?

Well, this is exactly what happened with Ms. Juliane Koepcke, who was travelling with her mother. Not only did Juliane survive the crash, but what’s more unbelievable is that she got away with just a broken collarbone, a gash to her right arm, and a swollen right eye. As if this was not challenging enough, she had to survive close to 9 days through thick forests with very little food, before she reached civilisation wading through knee-high water streams.
Juliane moved to Germany after this near-death experience, became a biologist, received a doctorate and in later years, went back to Peru to conduct research!

Equally astounding is the survival of Bahia Bakari, a 15-year old French school girl who was travelling in the Yemenia flight. Unfortunately, all the other 151 passengers and crew of the ill-fated aircraft perished, except Bahia. Bahia had to overcome another challenge, as she barely knew how to swim and did not have a life vest. She somehow managed to hold on to the wreckage for around 13 hours before she was rescued by a private ship. She was totally exhausted after the ordeal, and could not cling on to the life preserver thrown to her from the ship’s deck. One of the sailors had to jump overboard and hand her a float, and then she was pulled up to the ship safely.

Nicholas Alkemade was a 21-year old Flight Sergeant. In March 1944, Nick was flying to the east of Germany, when his plane was attacked. The plane caught fire and spiralled out of control. As his parachute had caught fire, Nick decided that jumping would be a faster and less painful death, rather than getting burnt in the aircraft. He jumped from 18,000 feet above the ground but luckily, his fall was broken by pine trees and he landed on soft snow covering on the ground below. To his utter surprise, he was able to move his arms and legs and only had a sprained leg!

So, I guess those who are destined to live, nothing; absolutely nothing, not even a fall from an airplane can them!
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