Opera News

Opera News App

Meet The Only Woman Who Survived A 10,000 Feet Fall After Her Airplane Was Struck By Lightning

Johnnasa
By Johnnasa | self meida writer
Published 7 months ago - 755 views

This woman fell from 10,000 feet and survived! On Christmas Eve, an airplane departed from Lima, it was struck by lightning and broke apart midair. The accident killed every person on board (92 passengers) except one.

The sole survivor was a 17-year-old girl named Juliane Koepcke. It was a miracle that she survived the plane crash but she still needed a second miracle to help her survive alone in the Amazon rainforest.

Juliane and her mother boarded LANSA flight 508 in Lima. Mid-flight, the plane flew into a thunderstorm and was struck by lightning. At 10,000 feet, the plane broke apart and disintegrated. Passengers and wreckage plummeted to the ground, crashing in the Amazon jungle.

Juliane, still strapped into her seat, fell 10,006 feets to the remote rainforest below. It was the airplane sear that saved her during her plummet to earth. Juliane broke her collarbone. She had a large, swollen bruise to her right eye and a deep cut on her right arm.

Rummaging through the wreakage, Juliane found a package of candy. That would be the only food she ate over the next 10 days. Julian had lost one of her shoes in the crash, as well as her glasses. She used her shoed foot to test the ground in front of her, to make sure she was not stepping on a snake.

Soon she came upon a small stream. Following the stream, she knew, would be smart move. She spent most of her 10 days in the rainforest wading through the water. Sleep was difficult for her. The wound on her arm was becoming infected, and the insect bites were relentless. She discovered there were maggots living in gash on her arm. Her survival was in no way guaranteed.

After travelling alone in the jungle for nine days, Juliane came upon a boat tied to shore near a small shelter. She located the boat's fuel tank and poured fuel on her wound. The maggots left her arm and she counted them; there were 35.

Juliane patiently waited by the boat for its owner to return. Even after all she endured, she did not want to take the boat without permission. After waiting for several hours, Juliane finally heard the sound of human voices. It was a party of lumbermen.

"When they saw me, they were alarmed and stopped talking," she recalled. They thought I was a kind of water goddess, a figure from local legend who is a hybrid of a water dolphin and a blonde white-skinned woman."

But she spoke to them in Spanish and explained what had happened. They tended to her wounds and gave her food. The next morning, they took her downstream for about seven (7) hours to a landing in the Tournavista District. A local pilot airlifted her to a hospital in Pucallpa, where she was reunited with her relieved father.

After the crash, Juliane moved back to her native Germany. She fully recovered from her injuries.

Juliane Koepcke earned a degree in Biology and returned to Peru to do research on bats. Her remarkable survival has been the subject of many books and films.

Today, she is a renowned mammalogist. She is 65 years old and goes by her married name, Juliane Diller. She works as a librarian at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology in Munich Germany.

"I had nightmares for long times, for years, and of course the grief about my mother's death and that of other people came back again and again. The thought 'Why was I the only survivor?' haunts me. It always will."

Have you ever heard this remarkable story? Tell us with a comment below.

Content created and supplied by: Johnnasa (via Opera News )

Tags:      

Amazon Juliane Koepcke LANSA Lima
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform

YOU MAY LIKE

See Manchester United vs Real Socidedad Stats as they played 0:0

2 minutes ago

0 🔥

See Manchester United vs Real Socidedad Stats as they played 0:0

Europa League: Cesc Fabregas reacted to Bukayo Saka's brace assist in Arsenal 3-2 win against Benfica

22 minutes ago

6 🔥

Europa League: Cesc Fabregas reacted to Bukayo Saka's brace assist in Arsenal 3-2 win against Benfica

Saka Is Such A Good Player, Such A Maturity And Intelligence For His Age, Game Changer - Fabregas

23 minutes ago

19 🔥

Saka Is Such A Good Player, Such A Maturity And Intelligence For His Age, Game Changer - Fabregas

Man United attacking midfielder could join Juventus next summer.

33 minutes ago

2 🔥

Man United attacking midfielder could join Juventus next summer.

OPINION: This Is The First Time VAR Is Favouring Arsenal In Europa League This Season

49 minutes ago

240 🔥

OPINION: This Is The First Time VAR Is Favouring Arsenal In Europa League This Season

UEFA Europa League Round 16: List Of Qualifiers And Date For The Next Draw

58 minutes ago

209 🔥

UEFA Europa League Round 16: List Of Qualifiers And Date For The Next Draw

"We almost gave you a heart attack" See what Arsenal Stars are saying after narrowly beating Benfica

58 minutes ago

13 🔥

After Manchester united goalless draw vs Real Sociedad see their Next fixtures

59 minutes ago

28 🔥

After Manchester united goalless draw vs Real Sociedad see their Next fixtures

Spanish Laliga Game-Week 25 fixtures for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

1 hours ago

111 🔥

Spanish Laliga Game-Week 25 fixtures for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

Who is the best German Player to ever play for Chelsea?

1 hours ago

76 🔥

Who is the best German Player to ever play for Chelsea?

COMMENTS

View all comments