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picturesoftheday: Juliane Koepcke was a German Peruvian high...

picturesoftheday: Juliane Koepcke was a German Peruvian high school senior student studying in Lima, intending to become a zoologist, like her parents. She and her mother, ornithologist Maria Koepcke, were traveling to meet with her father, biologist Hans-Wilhelm Koepcke, who was working in the city of Pucallpa. The airplane was struck by lightning during a severe thunderstorm and exploded in mid-air, disintegrating at 3.2 km (10,000 ft). Köpcke, who was seventeen years old at the time, fell to earth still strapped into her seat. She survived the fall with only a broken collarbone, a gash to her right arm, and her right eye swollen shut. “I was definitely strapped in [the airplane seat] when I fell,” she remembered. “It must have turned and buffered the crash, otherwise I wouldn’t have survived.” Her first priority was to find her mother, who had been seated next to her on the plane but her search was unsuccessful. With her eyeglasses lost and one eye swollen shut, she struggled to no avail. She later found o...
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