May 17, 2011

The Woman Who Fell To Earth

On Christmas Eve 1971, only hours after her high school graduation ceremony, 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke and her mother boarded a plane that was to cross the Peruvian rain forest. They were heading home to celebrate Christmas with her father. The plane flew into a volatile thunderstorm and was obliterated in seconds—killing all 92 passengers except for Juliane. After being thought dead for 11 days, she emerged from the jungle and was reunited with her father.

The details of this remarkable escape were revisited in Wings of Hope, a little-known documentary that was made for German television by Werner Herzog in 2000. Not enough people have seen this film or heard Juliane’s story, so Vice recently spoke with her and asked her to tell it to us all over again.

LINK: The Woman Who Fell To Earth - Interview

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