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Juliane Koepcke - survived a 10K foot freefall from an airliner (wikipedia.org)
10 points by kaffeinecoma on Oct 20, 2012 | hide | past | favorite | 5 comments

You can listen to her tell the story in this American Public Media podcast: http://thestory.org/archive/20121012_The_Story.mp3/view

It's amazing some of the situations people have survived. I once owned a book that collected documented cases of people surviving situations that should have been certain death.

Perhaps even more amazing, just for the sheer improbability, are cases where someone fell out of an airplane, and was saved by falling into another airplane. There is even at least one case where someone fell out of their open-cockpit plane, and the plane went into a dive and ended up below them, and they were able to get back into their own plane.

This is one of those situations where one is not sure if the subject of the story is incredibly lucky or incredibly unlucky.

Werner Herzog's documentary about this story, Wings of Hope, is fantastic.

if you think 10K foot freefall is cool, what about 33K foot: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesna_Vulovi%C4%87

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