Just a few days ago, it was a death anniversary of an aviation legend Vesna Vulovic, a stewardess who survived airplane crash from 33,000 ft back in 1972, and so became a legend in aviation.
Vesna Vulovic was one of the cabin crew for JAT Yugoslav airlines, when the aircraft Douglas DC-9 blew up in the air above snowy mountain ranges of ones Czechoslovakia. She was the sole survivor from that airplane crash and so entered the Guinness World Records in in 1985 for the “highest fall survived without a parachute.” (Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com). Unfortunately, all the rest of the crew and passengers died.
She was lucky to have survived an airplane crash most probably because she was in the tail section of the aircraft and trapped by a food court – which practically saved her. She was rescued on the ground by a woodsman nearby who heard the screams from the debris. The reason of the explosion stayed unknown, but it was suspected that the bomb was planted while the aircraft was in Copenhagen for a stopover.
Vesna Vulovic ended up in coma at first with lot of fractures, broken ribs, legs … and paralyzed temporarily from waist down. But she managed to get full recovery with time. And lived till age of 66, till last year.
Another fascinating thing about her was that she decided to return to aviation and work for the same airline but at a desk job. And she worked till 1990, when she was fired as she was demonstrating against the nationalistic political regime in Serbia. She actually never remembered what actually happened during the accident and her rescue. She even continued to fly as a passenger despite the accident, so love for flying was still “alive” inside her.
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