History Juliana Kopke, who survived in the jungle after a plane crash
• History Juliana Kopke, who survived in the jungle after a plane crash
In 1971, a plane with 92 passengers on board disappeared over the Amazon jungle. During the flight, it was hit by lightning, could not rescue team to land - they circled above the crash site, and it was obvious that the survivors of this disaster was not: the plane crashed from a height of 3200 meters and broke into pieces. All 86 passengers and 6 crew members declared dead. However, after 10 days from the jungle came the girl - the only survivor of this terrible accident.
For two decades, the 1960-70 national airline LANSA has suffered several accidents, resulting in over 200 deaths. So, in 1966, LANSA flight 501 crashed in the mountains, all the 49 people on board were killed. Less than 4 years LANSA 502 fell under similar circumstances - on board were 100 people, and two deaths already on the ground of debris in the fall. So when crashed LANSA 508 in December 1971 and fell in the middle of a completely impenetrable jungle, rescuers were confident that no survivors remained.
Little Julian with his parents.
On board the aircraft were 6 crew members and 86 passengers, among whom was an ornithologist Maria Kopke from Germany and her 17-year-old daughter Juliana (Juliane Koepcke), which is literally the day before celebrated her graduation at the school. They both flew to the city of Pucallpa to meet the husband of Mary, father of Juliana - zolotogom Hans-Wilhelm Kopke, who conducted the research in the Amazon jungle.
The approximate flight path and crash site, which flew Juliana Kopke.
After 40 minutes after takeoff, the crew saw a thunderous storm and decided to follow through - alas, it is because of this decision, and disaster struck. In the wing of the plane was struck by lightning and the ship crashed down into the rainforest. Heavy rain put out the fire had arisen, and the plane itself shattered in the still air in the fall, so falling down, a relatively small part of the aircraft had air completely invisible under the thick foliage. Later, rescue teams often circling over the place, but they could not determine the exact location of the crash.
Julian after the rescue.
Julian woke up, while still strapped to his chair. The clock on her hand showing 9 am, which meant that she was unconscious for almost a day. The girl was still alive, but not unscathed: it was badly damaged collarbone, eye swelling, the body covered with numerous cuts, the strongest of them was on foot, and a severe concussion led to the fact that the girl is now and then lost consciousness and its highly nauseous.
photo taken the day before the disaster.
A few days at Juliana took only then to recover enough to be able to move around. In addition to severe headaches and a general shock, the girl was also short-sightedness, and her glasses were broken. Afraid to meet a poisonous snake, she threw first in front of his shoes, and then took a step forward. This greatly slowed its advance, but it provided by the meeting with the deadly animals.
But first, a girl tried to find other survivors. She called her mother, but no one she does not answer. When the girl found some much-studied cadavers, her hope of finding alive mother disappeared. Julian looked for food environment wreckage, but was able to find just the candy. With them, she went to a nearby gorge at the bottom of which flowed a small stream. As it turned out during the investigation, in fact, in the disaster survived 14 more people, but they all died in the following days before help arrives.
The knowledge gained from his father allowed the girl did not give up and move forward. She knew that the stream will eventually lead her to the river, and somehow along the water sooner or later it has to meet human settlement. Move along the creek was much easier than through the jungle, although the probability of encountering poisonous snakes were also higher. Juliana wounds festered in the meantime, bred larvae in them. Not being able to eat normally, the girl ate what little she seemed quite safe and edible.
In 10 days after the disaster girls despair has reached its climax - of exhaustion and weakness, she was ready to give up and more have nowhere to go. When Julian suddenly saw on the shore a motor boat river and standing next to a can of gasoline. Even before she realized that the boat means that there is somewhere in the vicinity of people, she hurried to the canister of gasoline. Once her father with the help of gasoline helped their lost dog, who returned with wounds and parasites in it. It bolevshie injured and fumbling in their hearts girl plagued most everyone these days, not allowing her to sleep at night.
Fortunately, a few hours later and the truth came by locals. She looked so bad that they did not even dare to approach it - was more like a guest on some forest spirit of the local belief than a living man. Fortunately, Julian knew not only his native German, but also Spanish, so she could explain what had happened to her. Men carried the girl to her village, where she had first aid, and then another 7:00 carried her on a boat in the village, where there was a airport to transport the victim to Pucallpa.
12 days after the disaster, Julian finally met with his father and was able to get professional medical help. The news of the only survivor quickly spread throughout the country, and journalists began to lay siege to the hospital, making his way into her chamber with all imaginable and unimaginable ways. The girl is not very eager to again and again to talk about their experiences. And so she had to tell everything to the police what had happened - in particular, thanks to the testimony of her rescuers finally managed to find the crash site. Unfortunately, when the rescue team arrived to this place, all the surviving passengers have died.
In the end, Julian went in the footsteps of her parents - she trained as a biologist in Germany and later returned to Peru to continue to explore the Amazon forest. At the age of 57 years, she has published a book, "How I fell from heaven" by his memories of that terrible disaster. "You know me for a long time, nightmares, - says Julian in an interview on the eve of the release of his biography -. For several years I have mourned the loss of his mother and all the people who died that day I thought well why. I was the only one who survived? These thoughts haunted me for years. Yes, and probably always will be persecuted. "
Some of the fallen aircraft, which locals use when building a house.