Air Disasters by Ann Weil

By Ann Weil

To be used IN faculties AND LIBRARIES purely. A compilation of actual tales of a number of air failures.

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Nando tried to keep his sister warm. But she died, too. Bad weather kept them huddled inside for days. An avalanche had smashed their shelter. Several of the surviving players were killed, including the team captain, Marcelo Perez. Still, no help had arrived. They ran out of food. Cannibalism was their only hope of survival. They were all very religious. This made their only option even more difficult. But they couldn’t survive without food. Their will to survive was very strong. They made their decision to stay alive.

This is what happened to a group of South American Rugby players and their families. They chartered an airplane. They wanted to go from Uruguay to Chile. 5 hours. But their plane crashed into the Andes Mountains. Their ordeal lasted 72 days. Fun and Games The plane left Carasco airport in Uruguay. The first hours of the flight were uneventful. Most of the players were in their late teens and early twenties. They talked about rugby. Some played cards. Others read books. Then weather turned bad. The pilot decided not to fly across the Andes that day.

He was in the icy river with the other survivors. The helicopter dropped life vests. The man passed them to other people. The helicopter lowered a lifeline. This could drag people to safety. Twice, the man handed the lifeline to other survivors. He could have been lifted out himself. When the helicopter came back for him, he was gone. What really happened? The most obvious cause for this crash was the cold weather. Ice can build up on the plane. All that ice adds to the weight of the plane and its load of people and luggage.

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