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Sun Dec 25, 2016, 12:10 PM

Serbian survivor of fall (of 33,000') from plane explosion dies at 66

Flight attendant Vesna Vulović set record for highest fall survived without a parachute, said to be 10,000 metres

A Serbian woman who survived what was said to be a 10,000-metre (33,000ft) fall after a plane exploded in mid-air in 1972 has died aged 66.

In January 1972 she was working as a flight attendant a Yugoslav Airlines DC-9 plane when it blew up over the snowy mountain ranges of what was then Czechoslovakia. All of the other 27 passengers and crew on board died.

Trapped in the plane’s tail, Vulović plummeted to earth in sub-zero temperatures and landed on a steep, heavily wooded slope near a village. The fuselage tumbled through pine branches and into a thick coating of snow, softening the impact and cushioning its descent down the hill, crash investigators said at the time.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/24/vesna-vulovic-serbian-survivor-of-fall-from-plane-explosion-dies-at-66


I remember this case. Truly remarkable, although there's now apparently some doubts about the facts in the case.

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