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By Piers Paul Read

On October 12, 1972, a airplane sporting a group of younger rugby avid gamers crashed into the distant, snow-peaked Andes. Out of the forty-five unique passengers and group, simply 16 made it off the mountain alive. For ten excruciating weeks they suffered deprivations past imagining, confronting nature head-on at its so much livid and inhospitable. And to outlive, they have been compelled to do what may have as soon as been unthinkable ...

This is their tale -- probably the most incredible real adventures of the 20th century.

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There has been a roar of the engines and the airplane vibrated because the Fairchild attempted to climb back; it rose a bit yet then there got here a deafening crash because the correct wing hit the facet of the mountain. instantly it broke off, somersaulted over the fuselage, and bring to a halt the tail. Out into the icy air fell the steward, the navigator, and their pack of playing cards, through 3 of the men nonetheless strapped to their seats. A second later the left wing broke away and a blade of the propeller ripped into the fuselage ahead of falling to the floor. inside of what remained of the fuselage there have been screams of terror and cries for support. with no both wings or tail, the airplane hurtled towards the jagged mountain, yet rather than being smashed to items opposed to a wall of rock it landed on its abdominal in a steep valley and shd like a toboggan at the sloping floor of deep snow. the rate at which it hit the floor used to be round 2 hundred knots, but it didn't crumble. extra boys have been sucked out the again of the airplane; the remainder remained within the fuselage because it careered down the mountain, however the strength of deceleration brought on the seats to wreck unfastened from their mountings and stream ahead, crushing the our bodies of these stuck among them and smashing the partition which separated the passenger cabin from the ahead baggage region. whereas the freezing air of the Andes rushed into the decompressed cabin and people passengers who nonetheless had their wits approximately them waited for the impression of the fuselage opposed to the rock, it used to be the steel and plastic of the seats which injured them. understanding this, the various boys attempted to undo their defense belts and get up within the aisle, yet basically Gustavo Zerbino succeeded. He stood together with his toes planted firmly at the flooring and his arms pressed opposed to the ceiling, shouting, "Jesus, Jesus, httle Jesus, support us, support us! " one other of the men. Carlitos Paez, used to be announcing a Hail Mary, started while the wing of the airplane had first touched the mountain. As he mouthed the final phrases of this prayer, the aircraft got here to a cease. there has been a second of stillness and silence. Then, slowly, from everywhere in the tangled mess in the passenger cabin got here the sounds of life—groans and prayers and cries for support. because the airplane had hurtled down the valley, Canessa had braced himself for the impression, pondering that during a second he could die. He didn't pray yet calculated in his brain the rate of the aircraft and the strength with which it is going to hit the rock. Then unexpectedly he was once awake that the aircraft was once not relocating. He shouted, "It's stopped! " after which grew to become to the boy who sat beside him and requested him if he have been o.k.. The boy was once in a nation of outrage. He nodded and Canessa left him to aid his good friend Daniel Maspons extricate himself from his seat. Then the 2 of them began to support others. at the beginning they proposal that they have been the single who weren't injured, for throughout them they can listen cries for support, yet others started to emerge from the wreckage. First got here Gustavo Zerbino, then the group captain, Marcelo Perez.

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