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tartare
31st Oct 2018, 06:07
I'd never heard of this before.
21,000 foot fall from an Electra into the Peruvian jungle - and she survived.
Astonishing.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=12152118

Lantern10
31st Oct 2018, 06:11
Hope she went and bought a lotto ticket.

Anilv
31st Oct 2018, 08:12
Hope she went and bought a lotto ticket.

She probably used up all her luck in this life...

Anilv

treadigraph
31st Oct 2018, 08:23
A stewardess also survived a fall in the rear section of a Yugoslavian DC-9 which exploded (bomb?) at 33000' in the early 70s, and a Lancaster crew member survived a fall from his aircraft from around 20000' over Germany during the war.

A_Van
31st Oct 2018, 09:15
Yes, Vesna Vulovich was the name of that stewardess, but she remained inside the rear section that glided down. Among those who survived a free fall, the highest "jumpers" were US Alan Magee from B-17 and Russian Ivan Chisov from Il-4 (also a bomber). Both jumped from about 6700 m height. The latter fell on the edge of a huge ravine full of snow and the kinetic energy was absorbed during the slide.

Pinky the pilot
31st Oct 2018, 10:35
a Lancaster crew member survived a fall from his aircraft from around 20000' over Germany during the war.

Nicholas Alkemade; (sp?) Rear Gunner in a burning Lancaster over the Ruhr. Deliberately jumped from the turret sans parachute (which was on fire) at around 18,000' and lived to tell the tale.

tartare
31st Oct 2018, 11:14
Yep - had heard of Vesna and the Lancaster gunner.
Didn't know about Russian and American gunners.
There was a remarkable one in NZ when I were a journo in 1985.... nowhere near the same height, but uncanny nonetheless.
C402 hit power cables at full speed a few hundred metres above Tory Channel in the Marlborough Sounds and broke up in mid-air.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10534555
Eight dead, and an 11 year old girl was the sole survivor - just fell all that way into the water, strapped to her seat.
Not a scratch on her.

eal401
31st Oct 2018, 11:20
I'd never heard of this before.
21,000 foot fall from an Electra into the Peruvian jungle - and she survived.
Astonishing.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=12152118

When I was at school in the late eighties, our library had a very short book (written by her I think) about the experience. Fascinating.

eastern wiseguy
31st Oct 2018, 21:05
DUBLINER FALLS 7,000 FEET AND LIVES

A DUBLIN man who plunged more than 7,000 feet when his parachute failed to open is very ill in a Hereford hospital. Noel Farrelly, aged 35, who is a civilian worker at Bishopscourt (Co Down) RAF base and radio control centre, hit a tree at Shobdon Airfield, Hereford, breaking his fall after his main parachute failed to open. His reserve parachute only partially opened. Mr Farrelly, who had multiple injuries, is a member of the Irish parachuting team preparing for the Irish champion- ships this weekend and was at Shobdon on a training course. The chief instructor at the Hereford club, Don McCarthy, said: "It's a million to one chance for both chutes to malfunction, but hitting the tree helped to cushion his fall."

A very nice chap I worked with back in the day at BFS. Not quite 20,000 feet but impressive none the less.

treadigraph
31st Oct 2018, 21:17
I used to have a video of an excellent Channel 4 documentary "Dead Men's Tales" about people who had survived parachuting mishaps with filmed re-enactments of each story. Noel Farrelly was one of the people featured. He did come across as a very nice individual...

Wish I still had the tape and something to watch it on.

Nervous SLF
31st Oct 2018, 23:06
When I was at school in the late eighties, our library had a very short book (written by her I think) about the experience. Fascinating.

More details about the lady and her book:-https://secure.syndetics.com/index.aspx?type=xw12&client=nlonzsd&upc=&oclc=&isbn=9781857885835/LC.JPGTitle:When I fell from the sky : the true story of one woman's miraculous survivalAuthor:Koepcke, Juliane.ISBN:9781857885835Additional ISBN:9781857885835 (pbk.) 185788583X (pbk.) 9781857885835 (pbk.) 185788583X (pbk.) 9781857885835 185788583X 9781857885835 9781857885835 185788583XPersonal Author:Koepcke, Juliane. (https://ent.kotui.org.nz/client/en_AU/tauranga/search/detailnonmodal.detail.mainpanel.fielddisplay.linktonewsearch ?qu=Koepcke%2C+Juliane.&te=ILS)Publication Information:London : Nicholas Brealey, 2012.Physical Description:xii, 227 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 22 cm.

Thomas coupling
31st Oct 2018, 23:21
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-survival-story-of-the-only-known-person-to-parachute-through-a-thunderstorm-2013-1

eal401
2nd Nov 2018, 14:20
More details about the lady and her book:-https://secure.syndetics.com/index.aspx?type=xw12&client=nlonzsd&upc=&oclc=&isbn=9781857885835/LC.JPGTitle:When I fell from the sky : the true story of one woman's miraculous survivalAuthor:Koepcke, Juliane.ISBN:9781857885835Additional ISBN:9781857885835 (pbk.) 185788583X (pbk.)9781857885835 (pbk.) 185788583X (pbk.) 9781857885835 185788583X 9781857885835 9781857885835 185788583XPersonal Author:Koepcke, Juliane. (https://ent.kotui.org.nz/client/en_AU/tauranga/search/detailnonmodal.detail.mainpanel.fielddisplay.linktonewsearch ?qu=Koepcke%2C+Juliane.&te=ILS)Publication Information:London : Nicholas Brealey, 2012.Physical Description:xii, 227 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 22 cm.

Thanks for the info, but it wasn't that book - the one I read was when I was at school (1987 onwards) was quite a thin tome. I think it was Scholastic published. It was definitely her and her story as the injury and the maggots are mentioned.

Farrell
3rd Nov 2018, 05:01
Pedantic, yes, but It pains my soul that a national news company canít spot a glaring typo in a headline.
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/733x1019/f8f7bfc8_8bc0_40ce_8d2e_af796821dd86_35d3b3a50b51705f464a465 685fe29449e38ba7f.jpeg

chevvron
3rd Nov 2018, 15:22
A stewardess also survived a fall in the rear section of a Yugoslavian DC-9 which exploded (bomb?) at 33000' in the early 70s, and a Lancaster crew member survived a fall from his aircraft from around 20000' over Germany during the war.
Didn't one of the stewardesses survive in the Trident after the mid air over Zagreb but died later of her injuries?

bafanguy
3rd Nov 2018, 17:32
Speaking of incredible falls, here's one (perhaps you've heard of it ?). I flew copilot for Cliff Judkins maaaaany years ago. Great guy...didn't talk much about his fall.

https://www.veteranstodayarchives.com/2011/05/09/survival-f-8-crusader-pilot-falls-15000-with-failed-chute-and-lives/

treadigraph
4th Nov 2018, 01:11
Didn't one of the stewardesses survive in the Trident after the mid air over Zagreb but died later of her injuries?
Wikipedia suggests a baby aboard the trident showed signs of life as reported by a policeman but had died by the time medics arrived.