17 year-old Juliane Koepcke was sucked out of an airplane in 1971 after it was struck by a bolt of lightning. She fell 2 miles to the ground, strapped to her seat and survived after she endured 10 days in the Amazon Jungle

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17 year-old Juliane Koepcke was sucked out of an airplane in 1971 after it was struck by a bolt of lightning. She fell 2 miles to the ground, strapped to her seat and survived after she endured 10 days in the Amazon Jungle

On December 24, 1971 Koepcke and her mother were traveling from Lima to Pucallpa, the city with an airport closest to Panguana, to visit their family. Things were going well on the flight until they flew into a thunderstorm. The plane was struck by lightning and started going down, Koepcke remembers the “quiet” free fall into the Peruvian jungle before she passed out as she entered into the trees.

Koepcke landed without her mother and with a broken collar bone. She managed to drag herself from her seat and find a bag of candy to eat for sustenance. She was discovered by forestry workers on January 3, 1972. She’d been in the rain forest for 11 days.

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