Juliane Koepcke has an incredible story. She was the sole survivor of the LANSA Flight 508 plane crash, then survived 11 days alone in the Amazon rainforest
The plane crash took place in Peru on December 24, 1971, in which 93 passengers, including her mother, and the crew were killed.
Juliane Koepcke was born in 1954 in Lima. The plane, which took off from the city of Lima in Peru to go to the city of Pucallpa, but entered into strong turbulence 40 minutes after takeoff, was struck by lightning.
The plane, which caught fire in its right wing, fell into pieces and crashed.
It is a great achievement for 17-year-old Juliane to be able to survive in the jungle, just as she survived the plane crashing into the rainforest from a height of 3000 meters.
When she was in the forest, Koepcke had to struggle against the bites of botfly flies and the hardships of the wild nature.
Remembering what his father, Hans Wilhelm Koepcke, who was an expert in wildlife taught her, she followed the direction of the water that would lead to a village or town with people. Juliane Koepcke traveled for days in the forest, which were not easy.
She avoided poisonous fruits and wild animals while removing the larvae of botfly flies from underneath of her skin with the needle of her earring. At the end of 11th day, the timber workers found Koepcke as in very exhausted condition.
Like her parents, Koepcke earned a degree in biology and returned to Peru to do extensive research on bats.
Her double survival story has been the subject of books and films, including her own autobiography, When I Fell From the Sky, and a documentary by director Werner Herzog called Wings of Hope.
Herzog was interested in telling Koepcke’s story because of a personal connection. He was slated to be on her flight in 1971, but a last-minute change of plans spared him from the plane crash.
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